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Re: Installation experiences

On Thu, 25 Feb 1999, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 25, 1999 at 08:21:00AM +0000, Jules Bean wrote:
> > > 
> > > POSIX.pm will _not_ be moved to perl-base, because the whole idea of
> > > perl-base is to have a small minimal perl which fits on the boot disk.
> > > The right solution is to fix install-info and dpkg-divert (IIRC) not to need
> > > ENOENT at all. Patches are welcome (not just hacks, we need to make IanJ
> > > happy).
> > 
> > Why can't we hard-code the value of ENOENT?  We know what it's going to be
> > - our install disks will only ever run with the version of glibc which is
> > on them.  
> Uh. The ENOENT value on Linux is different then the value on the Hurd.
> And, do you want to change the ENOENT value when porting Debian, making dpkg
> not only source incompatible but also binary incompatible with different
> versions of glibc or whatever is the API in use?
> Hardcoding error value is a bad idea, if you consider porting and
> compatibility. Rewriting it to use "-e" test or similar is possible and
> should be done, IMHO.

How about providing a small module, like the old errno.ph, which just
lists error values?

It seems to me a silly problem, if we can't test for advertised return


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