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

On Sun, Jun 16, 2002 at 09:07:22PM +0200, Peter Korsgaard wrote:

> The ipkg format is described at http://handhelds.org/z/wiki/iPKG

Thanks for this reference, I've linked to it from dpkg.html.

> >>>>> "Matt" == Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> writes:
>  Matt>    This must mean that no prerm/postrm scripts can be used,
>  Matt> unless they are run from a binary package.  It may mean that
>  Matt> there are no maintainer scripts at all.  I don't find that to
>  Matt> be a very good tradeoff, personally.
> The ipkg format supports preinst/postinst/prerm/postrm scripts - 
> see http://handhelds.org/z/wiki/BuildingIpkgs

I suppose it is possible that the packages that I have simply do not include
any maintainer scripts, then...yes, it looks like the ipkg shell script does
expect to find those files in /usr/lib/dpkg/info:

        if [ -x "$info_dir/$pkg.postrm" ]; then
                $info_dir/$pkg.postrm remove

>  Matt> Do you have any idea about the Root: stuff?  It seems like it
>  Matt> is providing for various trees to be installed in different
>  Matt> locations, which could be quite useful.
> Yes, it's for installing to external storage (like a compact flash card, a
> microdrive and so on)

But how does this work?  How do the installed packages find their data?
Does ipkg maintain symlink farms, or does this only work for packages which
are able to magically orient themselves?

> The familiar distribution will probably change to dpkg in the long run,
> but when it was started dpkg wasn't really an option.

Hopefully, we can change that.

 - mdz

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