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Re: Bug#512136: Acknowledgement (ITP: nox -- nox -- Meta package)

On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 10:31 AM, Adeodato Simó <dato@net.com.org.es> wrote:
> * Daniel Moerner [Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:21:15 -0800]:
>> Something that might also be useful would be a nox-debian-devel
>> package which would include tools that everyone needs for packaging
>> (lintian, build-essentials, devscripts, dput | dupload, fakeroot, etc)
> What does "nox-" have to do with that?

Nothing at all really, but it is no more "X" oriented than the
packages in the suggested nox-system-tools.

I was mostly trying to give an example of a targeted metapackage that
might also be generally useful. With the exception of the dput |
dupload debate, most of the Debian packaging tools are canonical for
all users. In contrast, there are many many alternatives to things
like w3m or mutt or irssi. In most cases, people will know which
console web browser or mail client they want, which will require
manually pulling them in first before the metapackage (if it isn't the
first alternative) or manipulating the installed packages in aptitude.
This reduces the utility of a metapackage since it's no longer
automated. The debian-devel example was just meant to suggest a case
in which a metapackage might be more useful, since everyone needs the
same tools.

But that's another discussion and it shouldn't crowd this thread.


Daniel Moerner <dmoerner@gmail.com>

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