Bug#900849: allowing alternative country lists on a Debian host/installer
I've been thinking about technical solutions to help the country list
bug 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 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 mechanism could be used
to switch between them?
For the Debian Installer, 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?".