Monday, 22 July 2013

Re: Source packages appropriate by default?

By large, developers are uninterested in this, but it is important for
users and where we use Ubuntu.

Anyone care to comment on how we can progress this?

On 15 July 2013 13:32, Daniel J Blueman <[email protected]> wrote:
> From earlier feedback, there were no overriding reasons why package
> sources should be enabled by default.
> We not only save congestion on, but quite a lot of
> country-level mirrors point to Canonical's servers, which are
> relatively distant and slow (~80KB/s from here), so this is a win.
> So, what's the path to change this?
> On 21 May 2013 22:04, J Fernyhough <[email protected]> wrote:
>> On 21 May 2013 13:55, Robie Basak <[email protected]> wrote:
>>> What if we provided a reasonable message if no deb-src lines are
>>> defined, with a single simple command to add them and run "apt-get
>>> update" for you?
>> I don't think it would even need that - software-properties (Software
>> & Updates) already has the necessary checkbox. All that is needed to
>> enable sources is to tick that box.
>>> From a technical point of view, does mirroring the deb lines into
>>> deb-src lines work in all cases? Would doing so break anything?
>> This is effectively what Software Sources does under-the-hood.
>> I have to agree, if the amount being downloaded is not trivial (which
>> I thought it was) then there's no need to have them enabled by default
>> when it's very easy to turn them on. One of the first things I do on
>> any new install is disable those that aren't needed.
>> Jonathon
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