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Hierarchical tasksel / Blends support (Was: Debian Installer Buster Alpha 5 release)




Hi Cyril,

thanks for your continuous work on the installer and lots of new great
features.

On Sat, Feb 02, 2019 at 12:45:32PM +0100, Cyril Brulebois wrote:
> We need your help to find bugs and further improve the installer,
> so please try it.

Sorry for repeating my question[1] but it is not clear to me whether
support of Blends is a planed feature of the Buster installer.  From
release to release we realise that it is missing (for Stretch it came
very close - see bug #851555).  From some face to face meetings at
DebConf I've got the impression that it is all about having an
hierarchical tasksel (historical fun fact - first bug about this was in
2003 #186085 where the request to add Blends was de facto refused since
tasksel is not hierarchical).

I'm long enough in Open Source that I understood asking others to
implement features that do not belong into their own field of interest
is not very promising.  But it would help me a lot to get at least a
kind of authoritative answer to my question:  If I would try to work on
a patch for tasksel to enable hierarchical selection in the form

   [ ] Debian Pure Blends

  --> if selected open a new screen presenting Blends

would this be accepted for the Buster+1 installer? (I think its way to
late for Buster to implement this.)  If I get a definitive "Yes, that
would be welcome" I'd stop fixing lots of bugs in Debian Med packages
and shift my priorities a bit more into this direction.  But before I'd
give up some urgently needed QA work I'd like to hear the opinions of
others whether a hierarchical tasksel is a wanted feature that has any
chance to be accepted and be used in the Buster+1 installer.

Kind regards

       Andreas.

[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2018/12/msg00266.html

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