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Re: An old idea, brought back to life

On Tue, Dec 22, 1998 at 04:33:59PM +0100, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Previously Anthony Towns wrote:
> > This is much the same as the above proposal. Essentially, if you follow
> > through that idea, you end up with thoughts like:
> > * if we want to let people test it easily, then we may as well
> >   make it essentially just another distribution, with sources,
> >   and different architectures, and Packages files, and Release
> >   files, and what have you.
> Why?

So you can go "apt-get install newly-changed-package" and see if it's
fixed the bug it had meant to. So when you're in gnome-apt (or the apt
gui itself, or whatever), you can see which packages have changed.

I get the impression I don't know what you mean by a holding area?

> If you only make a holding area it will be much more obvious what
> has changed recently and could be dangerous. And the archive will be
> much simpler since there are no extra symlinks from/to the holding area.

Would taking the current potato and running "find -type l | xargs rm"
in the binary and sources directories [0] and calling that the holding
area be enough? Or should there be other differences too?


[0] ...and thus having /etc/apt/sources.list look like:
	deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian slink main
	deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian holding main
    since you'd need to get working packages from slink, now.

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