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Re: Debian on the Sharp Zaurus/SL-5xxx



In message <20020616161906.GO12595@alcor.net>
          Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 16, 2002 at 04:59:39AM -0400, Mark Eichin wrote:

> > > source Zaurus images[0], but as far as I can tell, none of them are
> > > using the Debian package management system proper.  Debian already
> > > contains

> > Don't forget to look at the iPaq distributions (using ipkg, which is as
> > far as I can tell a really-stripped-down dpkg-like thing...) "familiar"
> > is the old one, but I haven't kept up in months and it is a pretty active
> > community.

> Yes, there are quite a few of these.  I hardly see the point, though, of
> repackaging a ton of software in 'ipkg' format when we already have a ton
> of working infrastructure and existing packages for debs.  Frankly, I can't
> imagine why anyone would want to try to duplicate the effort that has been
> put into Debian/ARM.

I'm going to hope that you're just joking there, right?? We're talking about
devices with severely limited amounts of ram and storage space. You don't
want countless copies of licences, changelogs, and in most cases, even
documentation all over the place.

If you're using a flash filing system, such as jffs2, you definitely don't
want unnecessary logs, or other files that change rapidly.

These are pretty much exactly the reasons why people are using ipkg on such
devices. Ipkg itself is styled on dpkg, hence why ipkg packages are so
similar in layout, and control content.

This applies to a lesser degree if you're running from external media, such
as microdrive, however, the moment you use one of those, you essentially
lose mobility, due to the power drain.

Just my 2p.

-- 
Miah Gregory


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