[aur-requests] [PRQ#13078] Deletion Request for tails-iso

Ryan Petris ryan at petris.net
Sun Oct 28 00:02:56 UTC 2018

> > Before I created these I had looked for other examples.
> > 
> > First there's a package in community for the virtualbox guest iso:
> > 
> > https://www.archlinux.org/packages/community/any/virtualbox-guest-iso/
> > 
> VirtualBox guest ISO package offers an ISO image which is used by 
> VirtualBox software to install guest utilities. It's not an
> operating 
> system but a CD image used by guest Linux, Windows and Solaris
> operating 
> systems with the needed drivers.

It's still an iso that could be downloaded by the user when needed
instead of automatically updating via pacman...

> > Additionally, despite the description, this package also just
> > downloads
> > and iso and installs it into a directory:
> > 
> > https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/grml-iso/
> > 
> While even the grml-iso could be considered unuseful, at least it
> aims 
> to install it into the grub2 menu (using the grml-rescueboot
> package).

So what you're saying is that if I add another package to add the tails
and the archlinux iso to the grub menu, then these packages would be
considered acceptable to you? I'd be happy to add those if that's what
it will take for this to remain in the AUR, even though I wouldn't use
them myself.

> The tails-iso and the archlinux-iso packages do NOTHING at all, just 
> wasting disk space without any other purpose.
> Whoever will want a fresh Arch Linux image will have to download it
> from 
> the official mirrors, what humans do since the installation images
> exist.

I use the arch iso for various purposes in virtual machines, and
dislike having to download a new version manually every month or so. I
also use tails occasionally in a VM. I would love if they just updated
automatically. By making this package, I'll still have to effectively
update manually, however my hope is to make this easier for others.

I assume that's why the AUR policies were written to say "more than a
few" rather than "everyone"; just because one person doesn't see a use
for it doesn't mean it isn't useful by some. You obviously don't see a
use for it, while I do.

Lastly, the ISOs are being downloaded from official mirrors, and being
checked against official signatures... So if your comment was to imply
that they're coming from an unknown source, they're not.
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