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Re: Debian System Wizard

On Mon, Mar 29, 1999 at 06:32:02PM -0500, Fabien Ninoles wrote:
> Quoting John Lines <john@paladin.demon.co.uk>:

> > There is quite a lot of functionality which is too 'fuzzy' to be
> > built into dselect, or dpkg - which I believe should kept free of
> > extraneous baggage.

> > A separate expert system, probably a simple perl script, could be
> > written which would check the state of their system during its
> > postinst.

> > It could check for known obsolete dummy packages, libraries which
> > might no longer be required and other known 'funnies' which may
> > creep into a system.

There was talk of building some hooks into dpkg/dselect/apt/whatever
for system upgrades, so that we could prepare for the unforeseeable.
Basically, we would have a shell script at our disposition to fix up
anything that needed fixing up.

It's not a particularly clean solution though.  Theoretically, with
all the great work Jason did on apt, we should never need anything
like this, *but* I always have this nagging doubt that there is
something we can't have foreseen for which it might be nice to have a
'bail out' hook to do arbitrary things.

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