On maintaining a consistent update stream

Colin Putney cputney at wiresong.ca
Fri May 14 23:59:25 UTC 2004

On May 14, 2004, at 6:10 PM, Doug Way wrote:

> I was somewhat hesitant to allow updates which directly load packages 
> from SqueakMap.  This was discussed a few months ago, though, and 
> there wasn't any significant opposition to the idea.  See:

I know this idea is pretty radical, but I figure I'll throw it out 
there anyway. Maybe it will grow on people.

Why not just keep packages out of the update stream entirely? That 
would make the update stream only responsible for managing the Minimal 
image, and avoid all these issues, entirely.

We could put a "Basic Image Assember" on SqueakMap, just as we do for 
the Full Image. This wouldn't be anymore difficult for users than what 
we have today. Instead of sending an posting "41 new updates" to the 
list, you'd post "3 updates to the basic packages". Then we'd all open 
up the package loader and click on "update all packages"

Yeah, there are probably a few little kinks and gotcha's here and 
there, but nothing we can't solve.


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