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Re: "removed" archive & snapshot.debian.net

On Fri, 25 Oct 2002, Fumitoshi UKAI wrote:

> At Thu, 24 Oct 2002 18:51:09 -0500 (CDT),
> Drew Scott Daniels wrote:
> > > > I've discussed several good reasons to have a "removed" archive. The
> > That's true, but what about people who backed up using dpkg's
> > --get-selections and want to restore? Wouldn't they have to run this line
> > separately for every "removed" package? I can come up with other examples.
> > If you don't want to help then I'll try to do it myself and it will
> > probably be far from an optimal solution. I want to have a line for apt's
> > sources for all "removed" packages.
> I think, in this case, you should use apt line by date when you backed up
> selections.
Not a bad idea, but I can still think of other situations. I also wonder
if the apt line could give the user the last version of the package before
it was removed from the archive?

How about if I have a bunch of files that I installed and removed without
purging and the purging script dies. Such an issue would normally be
resolved before a package is removed and thus a newer package would be
desirable, but perhaps not necessary.

What if I have a package that I installed that was removed from the Debian
archives for reasons that I do not care about. I would like to have the
latest packaged version before it was removed, how do I find it?

What if I want to do a rfp or itp for a package. I would not know the
exact name necessarily and if I didn't see it in the archive then how
would I know that it had ever been packaged? This gets back to the second
chance question, but with a spin. Having a list of removed packages with
descriptions is useful.

What if I just want to see all the packages that were in Debian in the
past and do not care about the quality of the package. What if I want
to be able to easily install many packages that were removed from the
Debian archives. The reasons for wanting these are many.

     Drew Daniels

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