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Re: Et voila! (was: Re: Slink not installable from CDs)



On Fri, 16 Oct 1998, Martin Schulze wrote:

> > I don't much care for the notion of a single master package file on the
> > first CD.. I rather was intending APT to read the package files from each
> > CD and use that to determine what is on which CD. (This fits with the URI
> 
> Please implement it.  Debian can only benefit from multiple ways to
> interoperate with multiple binary cd-roms.

I'm workin on it :>
 
> > scheme, X-Media does not) Can we perhaps have a Packages.AllCds in some
> > dir that has this header and leave the normal package files with their
> > normal meaning (.debs avail at that URI)
> 
> Na, we cannot!  Doing this we would mixing up free, partially free and
> non-free stuff.  The user still has to be able to install a completely
> free system.  If he wants to use the other parts too, that's up to him.

Erm, that's not what I ment. A package file is one like
debian/dists/stable/main/binary-i386/Packages it describes every archive
available from debian/dists/stable/main/binary-i386 and only from that
path.

Extended to a CDROM URI that would mean the package file

cdrom:Debian 2.1r1/debian/dists/stable/main/binary-i386/Packages

Describes .debs of the form 

cdrom:Debian 2.1r1/debian/dists/stable/main/binary-i386/*/*.deb

And nothing else. You new X-Media feild makes a package file describe
.debs of the form

*:*/debian/dists/stable/main/binary-i386/*/*.deb

Which is not really acceptable to APT and is infact in direct conflict
with how it is designed to operate!

Jason


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