[Mageia-dev] Mirror layout, round two

Maarten Vanraes maarten.vanraes at gmail.com
Sat Nov 27 00:44:29 CET 2010

Op zaterdag 27 november 2010 00:25:17 schreef Thomas Backlund:
> > A) i see no reason for codecs and firmware to be separate. However, i do
> > understand that some people would not want to install firmware, but i
> > think we should do this in another way, (like installing a meta package
> > that enforces some limits.)
> > codecs seem odd to be separate, if they have patented problems they
> > should go in non_free, if no problem, they can go in core.
> That is doable.
> The reason for having it separate was because its the most "problematic"
> one. (codecs have more issues than firmware)

What i meant here, is why is firmware separate from core? why is codecs 
separate from core?

imo, i would put firmware and codecs in either core or non_free.

> > B) if they are separate, they would need updates, backports, testing, ...
> > (i expect non_free does too?)
> Yep.
> as noted in the other post, the layout under /core/ is duplicated under
> all other medias...

yeah, I only read your other post after writing this.

> > C) if they are separate, they cannot be disabled by default, some stuff
> > is needed for stuff to work.
> So installer could ask "in order to fully support your hw you need ...,
> do you want to enable firmware repo..." and explain the reason for
> free/libre...

that sounds like a good idea, however; do we have the time to change this in 
the installer?

> > D) i have questions about noarch packages, will they be installed on both
> > trees? and if we have more archs later on, more and more? this seems a
> > waste; except if we could hardlink them somehow. if not, we should just
> > put them somewhere separate.
> We hardlink them already.
> But yeah, I'd like a separate noarch too, but some people disagree, so I
> didnt add it to this proposal.

well, especially when we get more archs, we really should separate noarchs; 
i'm kind of feeling strong about this.

> > E) i understand games to be separate, but disabled by default?, i'm not
> > sure i agree with that. (we need to remember our target audience; stuff
> > needs to work out-of the box)
> I was thinking of a feature in the installer, if you select games, it
> would enable the repo by default, otherwise keep it disabled.

same as with C) . do we have the time for this?

> > F) what is backports_testing? why can't that just be testing?
> Versioning problem... on mirrors / BS
> we have testing -> updates route,
> so this would be backports_testing -> backports,
> Because if you have this:
> core/release v 1.2.0-1
> core/testing v 1.3.0-1 (intended for backports)
> then you cant upload a bugfix v 1.2.0-1.1 to core/testing as there is
> already a bigger version in testing...

aah, makes sense.

PS: i like the extra btw: (which should contain all unmaintained packages that 
actually build)

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