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Bug#900849: allowing alternative country lists on a Debian host/installer

Package: iso-codes
Severity: wishlist
Version: 3.75-1
X-Debbugs-CC: debian-devel@lists.debian.org

I've been thinking about technical solutions to help the country list
bug[1] and the following possibility came to mind:

- define a virtual package with a name like "country-codes"

- src:iso-codes could be split into multiple binary packages, one would
be called iso-country-codes

- package the GENC[2] list as genc-country-codes

- both the iso-country-codes package and the genc-country-codes package
could provide the virtual country-codes so only one can be installed

Would other packages that depend on iso-codes be comfortable using GENC
if it was installed this way?

As an alternative, maybe both lists (ISO-3166 and GENC) could be
installed concurrently and the alternatives[3] mechanism could be used
to switch between them?

For the Debian Installer[4], maybe the installer can ask the user to
choose "Do you want to use ISO-3166 or GENC or load a custom country
list from a USB stick?".

1. https://bugs.debian.org/872867
2. https://nsgreg.nga.mil/doc/view?i=2500
3. https://wiki.debian.org/DebianAlternatives
4. https://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller

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