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Re: Intent to package xfntbase, xfnt75, etc.

Branden Robinson writes:
> John Hasler might like it but there are about 400 other people to ask.

I look forward to hearing from them.  I just want to see the damn thing
fixed.  Santiago has proposed a workable solution and offered to implement

> Barring a better solution, I will be the one to do this.  The xbase dummy
> package is already implemented in my current build tree and it makes
> sense for these all to be generated from the same source package.

Good.  Do it and beat him to it, and then it will be done.

> Is there a way to have a dpkg --set-selections call lurk in the
> background until the current dpkg process ends, like update-menus does
> now?  That would be a far cleaner solution.

That requires that a complex and fragile program be used in an unusual and
complex way.  The dummy package solution is, by comparison, simple and
robust.  We know how to implement it and we can be confident that it will
work.  It's so damn simple that even I could do it (don't worry: I
won't).  That's a clean solution.

> At any rate, other proposals need to be submitted and discussed. 

The split/renaming problem has been known for months.  Variations on
Santiagos's proposal have been put forward several times.  There have been
no other workable ones I am aware of (I agree that backing out the name
change is not a good idea).  Doesn't it seem that they would have been
offered by now if they existed?
John Hasler
john@dhh.gt.org (John Hasler)
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI

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