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Re: Virtual (meta-) packages

On Thu, 14 Oct 2004, Jani Tiainen wrote:

> Christopher Faylor wrote:
> > On Thu, Oct 14, 2004 at 09:08:04AM +0300, Jani Tiainen wrote:
> >
> > > Could setup be extended (or even used in current form) to have virtual
> > > packages that could install some basic tools as a whole working
> > > combination, like X11 server? More or less like it is done in Debian (my
> > > favourite Linux distribution)
> > >
> > > I recently wondered where my X11 start scripts went and found out that
> > > I've missing startup-scripts. It would be more convenient to have virtual
> > > package that installs "all" for that first time so you don't have to know
> > > what you're installing... It would be helpful.

I believe I've suggested this before -- search the list archives for
"installation profiles" or smth.

> > If you want all of the X packages then click on the "Default" next to
> > the X11 category in "Select Packages" dialog until it says "Install".
> Not all, but working set. With Debian there is lot's of virtual packages that
> works for great startpoint for different jobs. They in most cases install set
> that will work or help to make bigger task to work. Like X11, basic
> C-developement tools, gnome, kde etc. environment....
> Basically this works now, only thing is to ensure that setup.exe can accept
> packages that don't install themselves but instead they just pickup other
> packages for installation.
> Would be more convenient for me, and I quess that for someone else too...

Well, you can always use dummy (empty) packages with the appropriate
"requires:" lines in setup.hints.
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