Re: Dselect proposed interface.
Kevin M Bealer <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Also someone suggested there be an installed size parameter in the packages
> file... this probably wouldn't be a bad idea.
This is an excellent idea.
What would really be helpful is the following:
Size of current package
Total size of selected packages
The "Total size of selected packages" would not be absolute. If a
selected package is an update of an already installed package, then
its contribution to the total size of selected packages should be
the difference of its current size and the size of the already
installed package (could be negative!). This would make the "total
size of selected packages" more representative of the chunk of disk
that it will take up.
Unless, of course, the update is not *replacing* the existing
package, in which case its contribution to the total size would be
The Space left would show the estimated space left after subtracting
the "total size of selected packages." This would make it easy to
play "what-if" games in the installation process. Note that all the
affected filesystems must be considered and displayed. Since most
of my GNU system is in /, it would be nice to display that on the
main screen, and display the subordinate filesystems on a separate
screen. However, it should also be possible to select other
filesystems to display on the main screen.
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