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Re: Data does NOT belong in Debian (was: Stop Archive bloat)

Torsten Landschoff <t.landschoff@gmx.net> writes:

> On Tue, Oct 19, 1999 at 09:43:57PM +0200, Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> > Why not allow Source only packages ?
> That will win nothing. You can't use apt-get on them, have to rebuilt 
> and have them twice locally. 

You could set the arch flag in the packages file to "source-only". Apt 
could then run "apt-get source" and the source be dowloaded. Then it
can be compiled or directly installed.

Its only data, there is actually no need to compile anything and dpkg
could be told to install from a source and debian dir directly. Even
if it has to be compiled, so what. People without a few MB space won´t 
download 47 MB packages.

After installation the source and deb file can be deleted and
everything is fine again.

May the Source be with you.

PS: Its just a dream to only have to mirror source to install and
maintain a debian system at the moment, but we´r getting nearer with
the autobuild demons.

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