setup wishes -- any volunteers

Christopher Faylor
Thu Mar 22 12:46:00 GMT 2001

On Thu, Mar 22, 2001 at 03:01:22PM -0500, Brian Keener wrote:
>First off to Ron - Congratulations. Happy Honeymoon
>Second to everyone else  - anyone want to take the current setup.ini and 
>try to categorize each package according to what Chris is trying to 
>accomplish here.  I don't know if I have enough experience/knowledge to 
>know which packages are dependent on which or for that matter what 
>category each might fall into.  Obviously some I could figure out but it 
>might be nice if we could get a list started of all the current packages 
>and identify some common codes for dependencies and categories.
>For example for categories we might have development, networking, shells, 
>mail ...., Text editing.  
>For dependencies I wonder do we want to try to group according to code or 
>do we want to use a list of packages that must then in turn be parsed to 
>determine the dependencies?  Point to ponder....

I was just thinking of using DJ's setup.hint file for most of this, although
I guess you could also have a setup.dep for dependencies and a setup.desc
for descriptions.  Hmm.  It does make sense to have specific files for
these, now that I think of it.

The dependencies will have to be nested so that gcc can depend on mingw
which depends on w32api (to use a slightly inaccurate example).  That
means that the setup.exe code would have to be detect cycles.  Or, maybe
the update-setup script that we run on would be enough for this.

I think it would be desirable to include a package in multiple
categories so that bash could be part of both the "Base" dependency and
the "Shells" dependency.

I'll send the list of package, a proposed category, and dependencies
in another message.


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