Atlas proposal [and 1 more messages]

Ian Jackson ijackson at
Wed Aug 25 10:53:17 UTC 2010

Goswin von Brederlow writes ("Re: Atlas proposal"):
> I also have a package "local-archive" that depends on reprepro,
> generates a local signing key on first install, adds that to the apt-get
> keyring and adds a file:/// url in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/.

I think this scheme is a very bad idea.  I don't think packages should
be recursing into the packaging infrastructure this way.  And I think
automatically adding different local repositories to the apt
configuration is pretty horrid.

> Using a local archive instead of calling dpkg -i directly avoids the
> locking issues. It also allows exporting the archive for a pool of
> systems. No need to build libatlas3gf 200 times for a 200 node cluster.

The build time problem is easily solved by the cluster admin using a
ccache, if indeed we care.

Having said that:

Josselin Mouette writes ("Re: Atlas proposal"):
> I beg any FTP master reading this to immediately reject any package
> doing something as sick as what you just described.

I don't think this is a very friendly way of putting it.  Invoking or
mentioning escalation is not necessary in what was previously a
reasonable and technical discussion.

If you dislike Goswin's idea so much you should set out your
criticisms of it.


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