Xorg wget download links

taipan67 sysadm.taipan67 at btinternet.com
Fri Jul 13 08:37:03 PDT 2007


taipan67 wrote:
> Dan Nicholson wrote:
>   
>> Currently, the Xorg pages have the download of the .wget lists in the
>> commands section. This is different from the rest of the book where
>> the downloads are at the head of the page and you're expected to have
>> all necessary downloads before the commands start. I changed things a
>> bit to be more consistent. Compare:
>>
>> http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/x/x7lib.html
>> http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/~dnicholson/blfs-xlinks/x/x7lib.html
>>
>> The wget list now appears in an Additional Downloads section. The
>> alternative is to add another item to the Package Information, perhaps
>> above Download MD5 sum. The other advantage of this change is that the
>> wget list shows up as a hyperlink, making it easy to use a browser and
>> find out what package versions are being used.
>>
>> Any opinions?
>>
>> --
>> Dan
>>   
>>     
> This will be out of sequence with the other posts in this thread, for 
> which i apologise, but i've had an alternative idea that i haven't seen 
> broached before...
>
> Since readers are initially encouraged to download & use the wget-lists 
> on the "Introduction to Xorg" page, how about adding a code-block to 
> download all of them at once in the 'Setting up the Xorg Build 
> Environment' section, immediately after creating the xc-directory & 
> cd'ing into it. A loop like this, perhaps:-
>
> for section in app data driver font lib proto util; do
>    wget http://anduin.linuxfromscratch.org/files/BLFS/xorg/$section-7.2.wget
> done
>
> In that way, the upstream vs in-house issue isn't a factor, plus future 
> updates to the lists could be accommodated in the book by changing one 
> digit in the 'wget' line (i imagine). An additional 'wget' line for 
> section-specific md5sum-files could potentially go in the same loop, if 
> & when such files are available, but might be better-placed in the 
> current locations for continuity's sake...
>
> The downside is that the files wouldn't be easily browseable online, 
> like the hyperlink option.
>
> Can anybody see any glaring flaws in this idea that haven't occurred to me?
>
> taipan
>
>   
Actually, i've just spotted a flaw myself - the source-download 
codeblock on every page would still need to be updated anyway, so ignore 
me & carry on with the 'Additional Downloads' approach, it's growing on me.

taipan




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