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Re: Napster clients... Improvement of dselect

On Sat, Mar 04, 2000 at 05:34:15PM +0200, Gediminas Paulauskas was heard to say:
  [stuff about see-also]

  Isn't Suggests: similar to "see also"?  Maybe I should go reread that bit
of the packaging manual :)

> > Ability to email the maintainer of a package by   launching pine, mutt etc
> I think questions will raise only when package s already installed and has
> problems or you want to send big THANKS to him. But great idea, on the other
> hand. instead of `dpkg -p <package>`, looking for mail and sending a mail,
> just look at dselect (deity?) and press 'm'...

  Not only is this a nifty feature, but it should also be trivial to implement..

> > And much much more
> yeah, much... one of them, that some people asked, was size, which will all
> selected packages occupy when installed. Much windows applications' and other
> linux' distributions installers check if there is enough space to install
> and shows available and required sizes.
> so... much to improve. What about aptitude, console-apt or deity? i still
> prefer dselect...

  The apt-based installers ought to be able to handle this, more or less
(aptitude, at least, can) -- there are problems with getting a totally accurate
view due to broken packages, packages which get installed due to fixing
broken dependencies in a pre-download phase, and so on -- but you can get
a rough estimate very easily.


  If you take the long view, the universe is just something small and round,
rather like those snow globes one sees around Christmas time, although unless
the ineffable plan is a lot more ineffable than it's given credit for, it
doesn't have a little grinning snowman at the bottom.

  -- Terry Pratchett, _Good Omens_

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