Re: PCMCIA problems upgrading slink -> potato
> There is this constant trade off between too many and too few questions.
> I think that because apt told you what it was about to remove, and the
> fact that most of the laptop world has an idea of what pcmcia is, we have
> asked enough questions here. We can't make the package essential because
> it isn't for people that don't have laptops.
All very good points, which I agree with, but...
> My personal opinion is that cdroms are the best for laptops, and people
> should expect problems when upgrading to anything except stable.
#1 This presupposes the existence of a cdrom drive for said laptop.
#2 This presupposes that a CD copy of Debian is readily available.
#3 This issue affects upgrading to stable, too! I've been bitten by this
one a few times, as have other people I know. It can be really annoying.
Personally, I don't think this issue should be ignored.
One possible solution to this would be to modify the PCMCIA pre-remove
scripts to ask a question if and only if a configured PCMCIA network
device is found. For users who don't have any PCMCIA devices,
the package could remove itself silently, and for users who are
upgrading through a PCMCIA modem or LAN, a critical level question could
This solves the problem without needing to kludge apt or annoy too many
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