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Re: installer for non-free packages in contrib

On Tue, Sep 09, 2003 at 12:37:04AM -0500, Ryan Underwood wrote:
> 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.
> 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)

Sounds like the old dpkg-registerfile idea (or whatever it was called),
and it would be useful for other purposes as well.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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