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

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

> Let me point out that I don't think you can find *anyone* who will
> argue that the 'dpkg -iGROEB' system used by these dpkg/disk methods
> (harddisk, cdrom, nfs, mounted) is better.  In fact, using 'dpkg
> -iGROEB' is much worse:
>   * it doesn't do proper dependancy ordering
>   * since it doesn't do proper ordering, running it causes lots of
> scarey message; these messages are bad in two ways: 
>     - they are a turn off to new users, who conclude that debian is
> obscure, and broken
>     - they mask real bugs by all the noise generated
>   * it requires several runs of the configure step to get the packages
> properly installed, due to the ordering problems

Unless dpkg-multicd has maniacally changed since bootfloppies 2.0.3 or
so (when I last installed slink), it suffers from all these problems.
> The only arguments I've had from people who want to retain these
> methods have already stated they're simply sticking to these default
> methods due to inertia.

Hardly.  Jason's already admitted there *are* situations where apt
loses to other methods, no matter how rare these situations might be.

"Never trust trucks"

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