[Apt-zip-devel] apt-offline SIMPLE web interface

Giacomo A. Catenazzi cate at debian.org
Tue Apr 22 14:29:37 UTC 2008

> *De:* Giacomo A. Catenazzi [mailto:cate at debian.org]
> *Enviado el:* lun 21/04/2008 10:35
> *CC:* apt-zip-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org
> *Asunto:* Re: apt-offline SIMPLE web interface
>  >Languages are not countries, and some ISO code for language and for
> countries doesn't match.
> I.e. "eu" is Basque language (ISO 639), but used as Europa union
> "country" code ("reserved" in ISO 3166-1).
> I agree. But a locale is generally a  language and a country (this is 
> language  + country).

ah. but I see in the log, that few traffic uses language + country.

>  >geoip is the right solution, but anyway it is complex to implement,
> Provisonally, one can use this JavaScript option, easy to implement, if 
> convenient ;-)


>  >because we should import from debian the list of mirrors, what part
> of archive they mirror (some mirror are not complete: rare,
> architectures, not all distributions...), and we should find what
> is the nearest mirror of a unknown country.
> i.e. what is the nearest mirror of Luxemburg (.lu). There are
> 250 top level domains, and countries outside Europe could be
> very difficult (i.e. very time intensive) to check. On one
> of my site, I have people from 80 countries (and territories),
> with a lot of unknown islands in southern pacific.
> We would begin in some place. This can be later improved ;)

but maybe this will be done at debian mirror level,
so let wait for debian solutions (debian DNS level).

>  > * The command "apt-offline" (without parameters) would create a
>  > packagelist.htm file (and rename existing packagelist.htm file to
>  > packagelistold.htm ).
> why an htm file?
> Can be manually used (the user can click to download).

html could display a page, but not fill a form.

>  >> The user then would download the files and store them in a folder 
> (the name
>  > of the folder could be standardized by default).
>  >
>  >> "Apt-offline install foldername" would "apt-get install" all the 
> files in
>  > folder "foldername".
>  >yes, like apt-zip
> This is a good way.
>  >
>  > * See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SynapticOffline about "apt-get
>  > --print-uris".
>  >
>  > * I would add "License" to the "Sources" header ("License and Sources").
>  >
>  > * The nowadays only-text web page can be easily used in non-X 
> web-browsers
>  > (as Lynx). So, as a help when X does not work (the user has to employ the
>  > console).
>  >
>  >> A more graphical version can be used also (I would add a Tux).
>  >I don't understand.
> You talked about the website needs more graphics. Be can begin with a 
> Tux image ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tux ) or a Debian and Ubuntu logo.

ah ok. now I understand.

>  >"apt-offline list" do much better that "apt-get --print-uris":
> it distinguish the "suites" (backport, multimedia, volatile, stable,
> testing), and allow you to mix the suites, so if you installed
> package A from a suite, it will search the updates only on such suite.
> I am going to include this information in the wiki page about 
> apt-offline ( https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AptGet/Offline )
>  >Anyway, I'll do only the back-end and the web interface.
> The front end should be done from "Synaptic" or other people
> (but only when apt-offline is complete, and it as a stable interface)
> We could use some code from 
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Synaptic/PackageDownloadScript 

I'll check the script. This week I don't have much time to
work on apt-offline.


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