[arch-dev-public] Additional Package ISOs

Jason Chu jason at archlinux.org
Thu Sep 27 21:38:37 EDT 2007

On Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 03:22:53AM +0200, Damir Perisa wrote:
> Friday 28 September 2007, Jason Chu wrote:
>  | On Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 01:59:00AM +0200, Damir Perisa wrote:
>  | > 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.
>  |
>  | -1 on the xsl or java tool at least initially.  I'm not going to
>  | write it or maintain it... it will have to stay in sync with all
>  | the other code we have in pacman.
> not pacman but repositories. it would be a rewrite in java of pacman 
> fetching and dependency resolving mechanism.

And the repository generation code...

>  | > 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
>  |
>  | I do mind automounting the medium to a special place.  If someone
>  | needs to mount a repo DVD, there should be instructions somewhere
>  | and it shouldn't be very hard to do anyway (1. edit
>  | /etc/pacman.conf 2. mount DVD).  Doing something special to access
>  | this DVD in a different place is a bad idea.
> i agree about the "special". the idea behind special is to be "same" 
> for all archlinux installations. this way, the 1) edit pacman.conf 
> would just mean removing the #, since every machine mounts the 
> additional media with additional repo on the same place. the whole 
> thing however is purely detail. i agree with you that making it very 
> special is not needed... but if somebody has two optical drives, the 
> disc will be HAL-mounted in /media/cd or /media/cd1 or wherever, but 
> if you specify a rule on the label for example, then it will always 
> be where we want it to be, making editing pacman.conf obsolete.

Yeah, but the argument is changing a couple characters in a commented out
/etc/pacman.conf line or pre-configuring HAL to mount a disk with a certain
label in a different place.  I really think that the pacman.conf edit will
be easier.

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