[arch-dev-public] Additional Package ISOs

Damir Perisa damir.perisa at solnet.ch
Thu Sep 27 19:59:00 EDT 2007

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.
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.
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

- D

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