Re: installer for non-free packages in contrib
On Mon, Sep 08, 2003 at 01:08:34PM +0200, Mathieu Roy wrote:
> Colin Watson <firstname.lastname@example.org> a tapot? :
> > On Mon, Sep 08, 2003 at 09:35:45AM +0200, Mathieu Roy wrote:
> > > Would it be acceptable to fill a bug against each installer that do
> > > not build a proper debian package when installing non-free software?
> > How can they do so? Installing a package with 'dpkg -i' in the postinst
> > of another package isn't possible, since dpkg's status area is locked.
> At this point, the question is not how to do it
I think it absolutely is. If something is impossible to do correctly
then filing  bugs against packages claiming that they don't do it is
 P.S. When talking about bugs the verb is "file", not "fill", and
"filing", not "filling". This seems to be a common mistake.
> (anyway, I think there are several way to do it, it's not a big deal).
OK. How does one create an installer package which correctly does the
* creates a Debian package for the thing it's installing
* installs that package in such a way that it's registered in dpkg's
* doesn't rely on internal implementation details of dpkg such as
/var/lib/dpkg/status and /var/lib/dpkg/info/*.list files
* when the installer package is considered by dpkg as fully
configured, the package it's installing is also fully configured
* if some error happens when installing the created package, the
installer package will throw an error during configuration
? I think that's a minimal specification for a correct installer package
which does its work by creating Debian packages; unless you think that
it's better for the installer package to spit out a .deb somewhere which
you then have to install separately, which seems to me like a step
backwards in convenience.
Colin Watson [email@example.com]