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Re: [GSoC] debian-edu files, blends-dev

Hello Petter,

On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM, Petter Reinholdtsen <pere@hungry.com> wrote:

> Andreas told me that these files are used from the debian-edu
> people.  Do still use/need them? Should we include these files in
> the new blends-dev implementation?

Yes, both are used by the ISO generation system.  They list the
packages to put on the ISO, and the packages to not put on the ISO. 
OK. About the avoidpackages.txt is quite straightforward I just print the "Avoid:" packages. There is one small problem now with the packages.txt. In the new blends-dev in order to generate architecture dependent metapackages we generate a control file for a blend with the following format:

Recommends: education-desktop-other [!hurd-i386],
 education-networked [!hurd-i386],
 krb5-auth-dialog [!kfreebsd-i386 !hurd-i386 !kfreebsd-amd64]

So for different archs we might get different available packages. In this case how should I distinguish which packages are available or not to add them properly in packages.txt? Should I use the architecture of the host where the packages.txt Makefile target is called and filter the missing packages? 
Also I see that in the "missing" list (in current blend-gen-control) you also store the "Ignore:" packages along with the dropped alternatives.

Kind regards


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