Friday 28 September 2007, Aaron Griffin wrote: | * A small script which constructs a repo from a list of packages, | then runs mkisofs on it. This would allow users to very easily | create a CD or DVD full of packages THEY want.
+1 maybe in addition to the script, if the downloading needs to happen at school (windows, mac!) it is maybe helpful to provide in addition an easy xsl(mozilla) or java tool for this (platform independend). or we provide the script in all platform versions. or the script is run by webinterface and the iso file is generated on the server a priori to downloading it.
| * One or two officially built ISOs (CD? DVD?) using the above | tool, with some nice utilities and tools, etc.
-1 if this huge thing is going to be shared over the server. using decentralised sharing is ok by me (torrents). otherwise, it will eat up our traffick, since users are downloading such things just to have them... and if they are rebuilt every day or every time the repo is updated, a pkg is updated or every week, i'm sure some users would like to download every version, no matter if they use it.
humans like collecting nice shining things ;)
| * Perhaps a combination of the two, and a bootable "OMGHUGE" DVD.
hmm... i'm undecided if we need a big bootable image. usually, having a CD full of material is more than enough to get started. then you can just mount the "OMGHUGE" medium to access another repository on your already running system.
instead i have a conter-proposition: we need a prespecified repo on optical drive in pacman.conf (e.g. /media/mobilerepo/os/i686 or something like this) and then this huge additional medium has the repo at exactly this place. i think with a medium label kept unique and HAL you can make it mount automatically and always at /media/mobilerepo