Monday, 31 October 2016

Re: Promote adobe-flashplugin over flashplugin-installer

On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 11:38:35AM -0700, Seth Arnold wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 05:37:48PM +0100, Robie Basak wrote:
> > Are you saying that the additional download is a problem? If so, how
> > exactly, and if not, then I don't follow how this mechanism makes a
> > difference to users.
> A wget or curl in a postinst command that fails (mediocre network
> connectivity, unset http_proxy environment variables, temporarily failing
> DNS, whatever) is going to be an unsightly mess to clean up if you're not
> familiar with it.
> The version of the package that downloads the flash binaries within the
> package is going to be far more resilient against these failures, because
> apt knows how to recover from nearly everything (except open wifi points
> with captive http login portal nonsense).

package-data-downloader provided by update-notifier-common actually does
the downloading and installing of flashplugin-installer, and it
internally uses apt-helper.

Brian Murray