[maemo-users] [maemo-users] Use the repositories! (was: BTScanner)

From: Marius Vollmer marius.vollmer at nokia.com
Date: Fri Jul 7 16:00:36 EEST 2006
"ext Log2Ins" <log2ins at gmail.com> writes:

> I've downloades ncurses-base from
> http://repository.maemo.org/pool/maemo2.0rc16/ but it doesn't work for
> compatibility problems.

Ahh, damnit people. :) Use the repositories as repositories!

Repositories (or "Catalogues" as they are called in the Application
manager UI) are your friend.  You want to use them by configuring them
in the "Application catalogue" dialog of the Application manager and
then install your stuff by clicking on "Install new Applications".
You really want to do that.

You don't want to use "Install from file".  Ever.  It is not your
friend.  It is the Microsoft way of installing software.  It's bad.

If you can't use repositories as repositories for whatever reason, it
is worthwhile to fix that reason first.  For example, if your 770
doesn't have network access, you should fix that and give it network
access.  Network access is your friend.

This rant aside, I do actually see the specific problem that
osso-xterm wants to be installed from a repository, but osso-xterm is
often the first thing you need to fix things so that you can make
repositories work.

So, I think I will propose to the osso-xterm guys to make a small
repository that contains the four or so packages needed to install
osso-xterm, and make it so that this repository can be copied to a MMC
easily and configured in the Application manager as a file:// type of
source.  Makes sense?

(Maybe it would be better to just publish instructions for how to do
this so that this small repositories does not need to be maintained.)

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