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Re: empty status

On Sun, 15 Sep 2002, Marc Singer wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 15, 2002 at 11:53:55PM +0200, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > Previously Marc Singer wrote:
> > > Apparently, both programs write the file.  If both accept an empty
> > > file, what is the harm in both of them creating it when it doesn't
> > > exist?
> >
> > The file not existing indicates major breakage or a bad install.
> > In both cases aborting is a sensible thing to do.
> ...or someone is using apt to build a secondary cache of packages.
> I can see that there is much resistance to changing this behavior.
> Can you see how this makes it difficult to use dpkg and apt in new
> ways?

Is running touch so hard?

> While there is some flexibility granted by the configuration tree,
> both packages appear to make the assumption that they are installing
> to the filesystem where they are executing *and* that the applications
> were already installed there.

No, they don't.

> I'm working on a method of creating a root filesystem for an embedded
> system.  I have been working around these assumptions.  Yet, can you
> see utility in relaxing these behaviors?

Look at debootstrap.

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