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Re: Source ISOs

On Thu, Jul 29, 2004 at 04:10:06PM +0200, Lucio Crusca wrote:
> Hello everybody.
> I'm a Debian CD vendor and a customer asked me the source distribution 
> (woody). However I and my customer both don't know how one can install those 
> CDs, and I'd like to know what exactly a source distribution is before 
> selling one. Is there an installer that compiles packages on the fly? Or 
> should he install the binary for its platform first and then use the sources 
> from the source ISO if he likes? 
> Lucio.

AFAIK there is no source distribution, and I don't know if its possible
to download the sources to a cd format in an easy way (i.e rsync). You
can mirror them, but I don't know the method.

All the sources are available online though for download. After our
install debian, you can add the following line to /etc/apt/sources
(preferably use a closer mirror though)

deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free

You can the do apt-get source <packag-name> to get the sources, and
apt-get build-dep <package-name> to get the packages needed for
compiling the package. You can then cd into the package directory and
run dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us -rfakeroot to build the package (you will
need to install the compiler, dpkg-dev and fakeroot for that).

Not however that debian isn't very well suited to compiling your own
packages in order to get system optimization (changing the package
maintainer's configurations isn't usually very easy, even if you know
what you are doing), you rairly get much profit from actually doing
that and when you do, there are usually platform specific versions of
the package anyway.

Just using the binary packages is the best way to go 99.99% of the

For compiling everything from source, getoo is a better distribution
(I'm not sure if they even have binary packages, I think only source),
although most people say that it can be really frustrating with all the
compilations, unless you have a really fast computer, and even then ...

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