Re: source packages and censorship
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On Fri, 1 May 1998, Daniel Martin at cush wrote:
> Let me lay out my opinion of the differences of the effects of the two
Let me tell you that there is a workaround for all your objections :-)
> Method pine-src:
> - the user who hasn't discovered debian-user or ftp.debian.org, but
> just has an official CD (and barring some unexpected marketing,
> official Debian CDs will be much more numerous than CDs mixing in
> non-free stuff) will conclude that pine isn't available for Debian.
I don't think this will happen. People already know that pine is not free,
and that "non-free" does not come in official CDs. People already know
since Debian 1.3.1 that that need FTP to get pine.
> - the user on a high-enough speed connection to be using dselect's ftp
> method will see "pine-src" in the menu and conclude that that's what
> they need to install pine.
pine396-src will Recommends: pine396-diffs.
> - the pine-src package will be a huge thing to download each time a
> new pine .diff.gz is released. (the "three .debs" way seems
> incredibly convoluted, especially when a pine-installer can do the
> whole thing in a much cleaner fashion).
Only the pine396-diffs package will have to be downloaded for each time
a new pine is released.
> - various people will get very upset about having the pine source
> twice on debian mirrors - a bit superfluous, no?
Since we already distribute the original pine source in the source
directory, I plan to keep the original tarball out of the
pine396-src source package and use md5sum to check that the original
tarball is really present.
pine396-src.deb will be quite big, but since we save some space by not
having the real binary .deb packages, I don't think we waste too much
Summary: Go ahead, create an installer. Today I will upload
the first release of pine396-src and pine396-diffs. You can base
your installers on these packages if you like, but I don't want to
maintain an installer package.
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