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Re: graphical apt, trials and tribulations

On Thu, May 23, 2002 at 07:45:19PM -0700, Seth Nickell wrote:

> But right now I'm more interested in ideas people have about allowing dpkg
> to be split into a libdpkg that gives feedback as it installs and a dpkg
> command-line frontend (much as the split between libapt-pkg and apt-get
> happens today). This is really critical to providing the user with
> feedback during the install process. Right now we get nice feedback as the
> packages are downloading and during setup to some extent, but almost no
> feedback while the (potentially rather long) dpkg process itself is
> occurring. I just say "Installing packages", but you really should tell
> the user more for such a long operation.

I don't think it's necessary to provide a library API to get this
functionality...how about using formatted messages over a pipe, as with
debootstrap --boot-floppies?

 - mdz

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