Bug#513296: debian-science: Please add science-all meta-package

Chris Walker chrisw at chiark.greenend.org.uk
Tue Feb 3 16:45:15 UTC 2009

Andreas Tille <tillea at rki.de> writes:

> [debian-custom in CC because it is strongly related]
> On Wed, 28 Jan 2009, Daniel Baumann wrote:
> > it would be nice if you could add a science-all meta-package that
> > depends on all science-* meta packages. That would make live-cd building
> > a bit easier in future, as nobody would need to 'maintain' the package
> > list anymore.
> Thanks for the interesting idea.
> I have some comments on the implementation which might be worth some
> thoughts.
>   1. Simple but ugly solution: Just adding a task 'all' to the currently
>      existing tasks and add all meta packages just in the science source
>      package.

Unless the science metapackages will be uploaded again for lenny, this
is moot for the current release.

>      Effect regarding package creation:
>       - Closes the bug.  Should work so far for science.  Has no effect
>         to other Blends (which might like to build Live-CDs as well).

I think that the automatic solution proposed below is better - but
that you should implement this as a temporary workaround until someone
gets around to implementing the better solution. This gets the problem
off Daniel's back and onto ours - and it is easier for us to do the
work too.

> So I prefer to implement the solution in the Blends scope to avoid
> unwanted side effects and make the wanted feature available for more
> people in one rush.
> What do you think?

Unless you plan to release a new version of the science packages in
time for lenny, then there is no immediate hurry, but we should bear
the pain rather than Daniel. 


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