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Re: Splitting Packages [was Re: ITP: mencal -- A menstruation calendar]

On Mon, Mar 25, 2002 at 05:57:01PM +0100, Fabio Massimo Di Nitto wrote:
> Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> >Apt-get can then simple look at the date and/or md5sum to choose if
> >the pool dir package file is downloaded. It could also be done lazy
> >and only when apt-get actually needs the information it will be
> >downloaded, probably this should be a configuration option.
> >
> >Any new ideas and constructive critics are welcome, it's just a simple
> >thought of mine. :)
> >
> What about applying to a similar structure that is used for main contrib 
> non-free??
> something like base admin net so that a sources.list file can look like:
> deb <mirror>/debian unstable main/base main/net contrib/* non-free/web
> where * means all the sub categories that belongs to contrib.
> at this point I think 2 problems can be solved in one shot:

Well, I'm not sure what the best approach is. I think we should just
generate a lot of different Package files based on the control fields
of the package. For example I was thinking about adding a license
field to it, then you can have license/dfsg-free, license/fsf-free,
license/gpl, license/fdl, license/bsd, license/x11 etc. 

> 2) give the end user a higher flexibility in selecting pkgs
>   (EX: why do I need to have gnome-audio if Im installing a dns 
> server?? maybe on
>    an old i386??? ;) )

I think this is one of the important reasons.

Jeroen Dekkers
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