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Bug#585183: general: .deb packages open with Archive Manager by default, not Package Installer

Le mercredi 09 juin 2010 à 22:20 +0100, di a écrit :
> In GNOME the default open action for when double-clicking on a .deb package is
> to open with Archive Manager, which then complains 'Could not create the
> archive: Archive type not supported.'

That’s because currently it requires ar, for which you have to install
the whole binutils, which is 12 MiB. So we don’t do that.

> The context menu shows as the second option 'Open with GDebi Package
> Installer', and I think it would be hard to argue against this being a better
> default, especially seeing as archive manager can't understand .debs itself
> from a clean install...

This is clearly not an acceptable solution since GDebi will not check
whether the package has been signed by a trusted source before
installing it. Because of that the presence of gdebi by default has
already been questioned and I’m still not convinced.

Acceptable solutions include:
      * splitting ar out of binutils;
      * writing a new backend for file-roller that uses dpkg-deb for
        debs instead of ar/tar.

 .''`.      Josselin Mouette
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`. `'  “If you behave this way because you are blackmailed by someone,
  `-    […] I will see what I can do for you.”  -- Jörg Schilling

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