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Fair enough.

In this instance, there's nothing stopping me setting up a private repo for
this deployment and/or personal use.

I just thought if it were possible it'd be nice to share the love.

On 29 July 2013 13:05, Bjoern Michaelsen <>wrote:


On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:37:34PM +0100, Andrew Cassidy wrote:
Obviously I've unnecessarily and unintentionally stirred up a shitstorm
which I apologize.

its alright. ;)

It's not specifically Debian, some Debian-based distributions can also
their time filtering packages through from debian. For example, LMDE
released a new update pack since March and is starting to fall behind.

If it was trivial for LMDE to just dump the packages somewhere, dont you
they simply would do it?

It was also my understanding that official TDF .debs were compatible with
Debian, Ubuntu and derivative distributions. Again, feel free to correct
if I'm wrong.

And they have no dependency resolution whatsoever (as that is not possible
independant of distros). That they work _mostly_ is because most people
the dependencies installed, or dont use the cornercases in which they are
needed. So its pure luck -- and if its fails you get funny bug reports that
nobody wants or even can properly fix generically for all distros.

We already have enough issues with people, who are unexperieced enough to
cleanly uninstall the distro version of LibreOffice and try to install the
conflicting TDF *.debs and then are in a quagmire they cant get themselves
of. Encouraging more people to shoot themselves in the foot is the last
we need IMHO.



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