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


>>>>> "Jason" == Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca> writes:

    Jason> On Fri, 16 Oct 1998, Tyson Dowd wrote:

    >> There is no reason why the X-Media field has to be in the Packages
    >> files on the CD -- that information could be stored by the multi-cd
    >> method when it reads in the CD info.

    Jason> Indeed, why don't we do that instead of complicating the CD making
    Jason> process with a new dpkg-scanpackages?

    Jason> This new method can say 'Stick in a CD' during Update, copy the package
    Jason> file add X-Media to each Package: section and feed to to dpkg
    Jason> --merge-avail, then it can repeat for each CD the user has. This would
    Jason> even scale to Debian Official and a Extra CD'o'Stuff (3 binary CD's)
    Jason> quite nicely. When you grab the package file you can also record something
    Jason> unique about the CD so you can tell if the right one has been inserted at
    Jason> a later date.

I would be strongly opposed to: "If you install Debian, you first have
to feed it all the CDs in the distribution".  That would be *very*
user unfriendly...

    Jason> It would mirror the technique I plan to use in APT.

Rethink your technique... yes, it's simpler from your POV, but a huge
PITA for the user.  Why not combine it?  Have a central list of
packages giving the medium, but let the user add CDs later on...

Bye, J

PS: I hope this doesn't sound too inflammatory... it's really not a
flame, just something I feel very strongly about.  (Even though I
never installed from CD and probably never will; and don't like terms
like `market-share', but more serious people using Debian would be
majorly cool...)

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