PHT's November 1996 Debian distribution---a few problems
FWIW, here's a copy of mail I sent to Pacific HiTech. I upgraded by FTPing
the a.out dpkg, and had enough spare disk space (recent drive upgrade :-),
it'll probably disappear soon) to copy the CD .deb files into and repair the
symlink problems by hand. I believe the release is 1.1.11.
I used dselect to upgrade---a really nice job. Thanks to you all!
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Date: Mon, 25 Nov 96 17:27:02 EST
From: Max Hyre <mhyre>
Subject: A couple of problems with November 1996's Debian distribution
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Dear Madam or Sir:
I've just received the November 1997 issue of your Mo' Linux CD series. I
bought it for the Debian 1.1 distribution it contains, but found a couple of
problems, and an oversight:
Problem 1: Two of the symbolic links are wrong: one is self-referencing,
leading to an infinite link-loop, and the other is dangling, with the
referenced file non-existent. These prevent the Debian installation
program from running. Nothing to be done about it now, but could you
run a check for such in the future? The Debian master site is updated
frequently, and I presume that taking a snapshot can easily copy links
in transition (to say nothing of the occasional just plain error :-)).
(Sorry, I left my notes at home. If you need the exact filenames,
mail me and I'll get back to you.)
Problem 2: The upgrades/ directory is missing. This contains instructions
and required software for upgrading a 0.x (such as my 0.93R6)
installation to a 1.x (say, the 1.1.11 on your CD). Please include it
in future Debian releases.
Oversight: The contrib/ directory is missing. Note that it is
freely-distributable files, they are just not actively maintained by
the Debian organization. As a result, for instance, I couldn't
install LyX, which depends on the xforms package, found among the
Thanks for your kind attention to these items.
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