Why not enabling APT links in the Documentation??? (bis)
andrew-bugs.launchpad.net at pileofstuff.org
Tue Apr 7 12:33:53 UTC 2009
I definitely take the point that the security issues are a good enough
reason to say "no" by default, but I've personally been nudged over into
the "yes" column for now by the opposing argument.
I think the implementation being proposed works around the downtime
issue: the reader is provided a link to the wiki's "installing packages"
page, the name of the package, and a link to packagebase. If pkgb.net
goes down, readers can just click on the "install" link and follow the
instructions the old-fashioned way.
Yann is here today, and he's offering (on his own or on behalf of
others?) to do the hard part - tracking down prose explanations about
how to install packages. In return, he's effectively asking for someone
to do a search+replace when the time comes. If there's a way to use the
old search system (or to search the contents of hyperlinks with the new
one), I'll volunteer to do that search+replace.
Hopefully apt: urls will be available next week, and avoiding
packagebase will just cost us a week's work. But if it takes another
few months, there could be several ex-volunteers complaining that we
value procedure over pragmatism. It's a judgement call, and admittedly
my judgement is affected by non-Ubuntu-related experiences of relying on
promised things which never turn up, but I remain nudged into the "yes"
column even so :)
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