Re: Debian is not a "main distro"?
On Wed, Sep 30, 1998 at 02:49:38PM -0400, Steve Dunham wrote:
> Rob Browning <email@example.com> writes:
> > Steve Dunham <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > > In addition to the packager apparently being slower, and the
> > > unnecessary interaction, many Debian packages do a lot of unnecessary
> > > computation: recompiling elisp files 3 or 4 times, recompiling TeX
> > > formats, etc.
- slower: That will be fixed using binary databases.
- "unnecesary computation": Ian is currently working on that
(implementing the "hooks" mechanism).
- "unnecesary interaction": Unattended installation is one of our
long-term goals, but we still don't have a clear way to implement it.
In the mean time, we should deprecate "too interactive" maintainer scripts.
But our policy says exactly the opposite! (There's a paragraph
suggesting that any script displaying vitally important information
should wait for the user to press a key).
> I'd also really like to see our source package stuff fixed. At the
> very least, I'd like to see support for multiple upstream tar files.
> (Multiple diff files would be nice too.)
Hint: Try the development version of dpkg-deb, the one by Klee Dienes.
It has a really nice source package format. But the dpkg in there is broken,
and AFAIK none of the current dpkg "non-maintainers" is working on that
Enrique Zanardi email@example.com