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Re: installer for non-free packages in contrib


On Mon, Sep 08, 2003 at 10:13:59AM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> 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.

Jumping in late here, but what about installing a list of files with the
package that, if existing on the system, are considered to be part of
that package; and so when the package is removed, they are removed with

It could be something like debian/track where 'track' is a list of files
to be tracked by this package as if they were contained within it when
it was built (even though they are actually downloaded during the package's
postinst or by another script)

Ryan Underwood, <nemesis at icequake.net>, icq=10317253

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