Bug#32595: remove obsolete and confusing acquisition methods: harddisk, mounted, cdrom, nfs
Adam Di Carlo <email@example.com> writes:
> Package: dpkg
> Version: 18.104.22.168
> Severity: important
> Please remove the following methods (based on disk):
> 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