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RE: Blind people using setup.exe?

On Mon, 27 Jun 2005, Dave Korn wrote:

> ----Original Message----
> >From: Igor Pechtchanski
> >Sent: 27 June 2005 17:27
> > On Mon, 27 Jun 2005, Nikhil Nair wrote:
> >
> >> On Sun, 26 Jun 2005, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
> >>> Assuming you have the ability to edit files, as a temporary workaround
> >>> you could add the following line to your /etc/setup/installed.db (in
> >>> alphabetical order):
> >>>
> >>> emacs emacs-0-0.tar.bz2 0
> >>>
> >>> and re-run setup.  It should now "upgrade" the version of emacs it
> >>> thinks you have (0-0), effectively installing emacs.
> >>>
> >>> HTH,
> >>> 	Igor
> >>
> >> Thanks, Igor - that workaround performed flawlessly.
> >>
> >> Am I right in suspecting that, if I were to use this method for another
> >> package which had unsatisfied dependencies, setup.exe wouldnt' sort out
> >> those dependencies for me?  Or would it assume the dependencies had
> >> changed since version 0-0, and handle them seamlessly?
> >
> > I'm hoping it's the latter, but don't have the opportunity to verify that
> > right now.  You can easily test that hypothesis yourself (just look in any
> > setup.ini file in your local package cache for the dependency
> > information)... :-)
>   You know, this sounds like such a useful feature/hack/workaround that
> I'm tempted to write a patch for setup that allows it to be done by a
> command-line option.

Glad you think so.  FWIW, if it becomes a command-line option, there won't
be any need to edit installed.db -- just add the package to the list of
those needing to be upgdaded (see the installed.db parsing code).

>   Oh, that reminds me, --no-md5 is broken, I just noticed the other day
> - gotta look at that too.

Hehe.  While we're at it, would you like to make setup print out a list of
its command-line options, either in a message box or by doing an
AllocConsole()?  I know the latter approach will pop up a console box if
setup is started from a pty or via a shortcut (which will go away once the
output is done), but it's better than nothing, and should work just fine
if setup is started from a console shell.
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