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Re: dpkg feature implementation

On Tue, Jan 05, 2010 at 12:50:33PM +0100, Martin Wuertele wrote:
> Hi dE!
> * dE . <de.techno@gmail.com> [2010-01-05 12:13]:
> > The developers and administrators will have to understand my point.
> > 
> > This is the only reason why people refuse to install any Linux OS. I
> > really don't have an answer to these simple windows users when they
> > say "what about offline software installation?". Now I cant explain
> > them technical procedures to it, they'll happily reject it.
> As "simple" as with windows: get the CD/DVD.

While I do agree with the prevailing sentiment that the existing
tools are perfectly capable of handing the job, there may well
be a place for such a distribution mechanism for third-party
packagers with no dedicated apt-gettable repo.

If a package could be distributed in a larger aggregate of
packages along with all its direct dependencies (down to libc?), the
result would be rather large.  Of the packages distributed, only
those absent or newer would need installing.

As mentioned, a loopback mount of a distributed file could be
used with apt-get to achieve just this, but it's going to
require some manual messing to get it to work.  We already have
all the pieces, but they are not particularly user-friendly to
use in this fashion as they stand.  Some front-end which could
handle such things automatically would be pretty useful IMO.

A loopback-mounted compressed filesystem would be a neat
mechanism, and would bear some similarities with MacOS .dmg images
(though would use a proper package manager).


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