setup wishes -- any volunteers

Robert Collins
Thu Mar 22 14:33:00 GMT 2001

I know this has been said before, but what about leveraging of an
existing packaging format - dpkg has all the capabilities you cite, and
they had a win32 project in place at one time. I'mm willing to polish my
elbows this weekend and see if I can make something work : but first I
would like a little buy-in that this is a good route to take.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christopher Faylor [ ]
> Sent: Friday, March 23, 2001 7:47 AM
> To:;
> Subject: Re: setup wishes -- any volunteers
> 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.
> cgf

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