Re: Installing debian from floppies.
Lars Wirzenius writes ("Re: Installing debian from floppies."):
> Steve Preston: "Installing debian from floppies." (Oct 23, 14:44):
> > 1) Would it be useful to many people to be able to install packages
> > from DOS diskettes? (I vote yes on this)
> Me too (not because I need it, but because I know other people do).
> > 2a) How hard would it be to make dpkg work with packages that have been
> > split across multiple diskettes?
> I've no idea, but this is better than breaking the packages in smaller
> pieces. If dpkg can work with split files, and there is a tool for
> splitting large packages, then it is possible to split things into
> any suitable size. Predefined sizes will be wrong. 1.4 MB is bad for
> people with 1.2 MB floppies, and 1.2 MB pieces waste space for people
> with 1.4 MB floppies.
The default size for dpkg-split is 340K. Since reassembling split
packages is easy with dpkg, and downloads are more reliable and easier
when the files aren't so huge, this seems reasonable.
You can fit 4 of those on a 1440K floppy, or 3 on a 1200K.