[Pkg-sugar-devel] Why track activity version numbers?

Tony Anderson tony_anderson at usa.net
Fri Apr 21 07:12:29 UTC 2017

Hi Jonas

My questions are from a Sugar perspective. The Browse activity is one of 
the 'non-erasable' activities
which can be considered an integral part of Sugar. As I understand 
pristine - it is part of an update-system within
Sugar, which in our context i consider superfluous. Normally, a school 
does not change software levels during a school year.
If the software gets corrupted, it is re-installed.

Anyway activities are number incrementally beginning with 1. Some have 
tried to use this system with dates:

such as version 20170412 or with decimal steps 158.2 and so on.

So my concern was triggered by two things: an apparent 8 digit version 
number and a blockage because of the pristine system affecting
Browse update.

My question for you is, is there a way to install the debian sugar via 
dpkg, for example? Currently I am using the Ubuntu 16.04 version which is
obsolete and is tied to Ubuntu releases (the current version of Sugar 
0.110 requires installing Ubuntu 17.04).


On 04/21/2017 03:00 PM, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> Hi Tony,
> Quoting Tony Anderson (2017-04-21 07:57:56)
>> Why does debian care about the activity version number? Is their
>> system even aware of activity/activity.info?
> Because Debian is a distribution, and thus needs to track what it
> distributes.
>> Since Browse is an activity, how does it get involved with pristine?
>> If Browse were to be corrupted or erased, it can be downloaded and
>> installed from ASLO. Granted, if Browse is the only browse in town -
>> this could be a bit tricky. However, the nearest internet cafe could
>> handle downloading it to a usb stick.
> I fail to understand your question.  Possibly because I insist on
> reading the question in the context of Debian packaging (as opposed to
> upstream design) or tricks sidestepping Debian.
> If related to (not mis)using Debian, could you please try rephrase?
> Regards,
>   - Jonas

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