Packaging improvements

Chris Peterman kyral at
Tue Jan 17 16:03:50 GMT 2006

Customizable Metapacks would be quite useful, but I can think of
another use case (one that I am facing right now)

My Linux lab is switching the computers from Gentoo over to Ubuntu. So
this means we need to customize Ubuntu-Desktop to add apps we want and
take out those we don't want. It would be quite handy to have a
utility aside from modifying ubuntu-meta or even making your own meta
to do this. 

~ Chris Peterman

On Tue, Jan 17, 2006 at 03:30:07PM +0100, MadMan2k wrote:
> As far as I can see you are considering some packaging system updates.
> I think it would be a good idea to collect all possible improvements to
> introduce a bunch of them at one.
> up to now I've seen the following:
> - better package compression (7zip?)
> - delta debs
> - auto dependency removement
> now I'd like to add
> - customizable meta packages
> there is already a problem with ubuntu-desktop being removed if the user
> uninstalls only one of the "core" applications like evolution.
> So obviously that metapackage has to be more flexible.
> So why not doing it right from the start and giving the user the ability 
> to create his own metapackages.
> Use case:
> John wants to compile something.
> he creates a "i-want-to-compike-something" metapackage and the following 
> install operations will be saved as a dependancy of it.
> Now John realizes that compiling sucks and he rather wants to stick to 
> binary packages - all he has to do is uninstalling 
> "i-want-to-compile-something" and his system will be as clean as before.
> M2k
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