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Re: Where is Debian going?



On Thu, Jul 11, 2002 at 01:19:04PM -0500, Jamin W. Collins wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Jul 2002 19:06:55 +0100
> "Colin Watson" <cjwatson@debian.org> wrote:
> > The names are not completely set in stone (hey, testing was only
> > introduced recently - although I suspect that it's rather more
> > complicated than just a few symlinks to change), 
> 
> Maybe I'm missing something but testing appears to be nothing more than a
> symlink.  From ftp.debian.org:
> 
> lrwxrwxrwx    1 1176     1176            5 Dec 15  2001 testing -> woody
> 
> So, how could changing it be more than just a symlink?  That is unless
> some tools are hardcoded expecting these names.

Things like this maybe:

tree "dists/testing"
{
   FileList "/org/ftp.debian.org/database/dists/testing_$(SECTION)_binary-$(ARCH).list";
   SourceFileList "/org/ftp.debian.org/database/dists/testing_$(SECTION)_source.list";
   Sections "main contrib non-free";
   Architectures "alpha arm hppa i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc source";
   BinOverride "override.woody.$(SECTION)";
   ExtraOverride "override.woody.extra.$(SECTION)";
   SrcOverride "override.woody.$(SECTION).src";
};

(from the archive management tools)

Uploads are made to "unstable", there are lots of mappings from suite to
codename and back, and so on ... not impossible but, as I say, not as
trivial as you might think.

-- 
Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]


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