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Bug#32595: remove obsolete and confusing acquisition methods: harddisk, mounted, cdrom, nfs

Adam Di Carlo <adam@onshore.com> writes:

> Package: dpkg
> Version:
> Severity: important
> Please remove the following methods (based on disk):
>   harddisk
>   mounted
>   cdrom
>   nfs
> These methods are obsolete and buggy.  Harddisk/mounted are replaced
> by dpkg-multicd and apt methods.  CDROM is also replaced by
> dpkg-multicd; in fact, this CDROM method doesn't even *work* anymore
> with slink since CD-ROMs span two devices.

I strongly object to removing all of those except cdrom. I don't find apt
adequate for my needs at this stage.

> This bug is important because the mass user confusion which will ensue
> when users innocently select the 'cdrom' option.  There's no reason to
> leave it in.

Not cdrom, but the others work just fine.

> There are also architectural and *practical* reasons why we should be
> looking to remove these methods from dpkg.  First off, dpkg
> maintenance is *already* a bear; removing stuff from dpkg and putting
> them in other packages only serves to help quality.  Secondly, these
> methods all use 'dpkg -iGROEB' and do very inefficient and sub-optimal
> ordering of installation/configuration.

Removing features to remove bugs is not a proper solution to reducing
dpkg's bugs. Ian, please refrain from removing these features, which are
still essential.


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