Re: Debian on the Sharp Zaurus/SL-5xxx
On Mon, Jun 17, 2002 at 10:52:02PM +0100, John Lines wrote:
> A dpkg enhancement which would make a difference would be to keep the
> whole /var/lib/dpkg infrastructure on a host system. The host could even
> keep an image of the entire Zaurus file system on its disk and install
> into that, and then synchronize across.
There is no need to modify dpkg at all to support this. In fact, this is
exactly the configuration I am using to do development on my Zaurus, via
> At the moment the way I use my Zaurus is to download ipk files into a
> directory on my main computer, and then copy them to the Zaurus and
> install them there.
Why not download them directly to the Zaurus? Another way, to avoid using
up temporary space on the Zaurus, is to NFS-mount a directory on your main
computer which contains the packages, and install directly from there.
> Having support within the dpkg format for installation onto SD or CF would
> be very useful, but I suspect it would require many packages to change to
> do it right.
The best possible way to do this would be with some kind of union
filesystem, where the contents of a CF or SD card could be overlaid onto the
This would also make it possible to update files which are stored on the
cramfs root filesystem, which would otherwise be impossible without
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