Joined: Oct. 2003
||Posted: June 10 2004,03:13
I have been paying close attention to many threads and posts about ".dsl" extensions, ".ci" files, and ".tar.gz" files for DSL ...
I have looked inside most all of the ".dsl" and ".tar.gz" files submitted so far ...
My hope is that this thread will answer several questions, and offer some further input from users and creators alike about
what would be the "proper" or "most efficient" way to make ".dsl" and ".tar.gz" files for all systems and users of DSL ...
I personally have had help and assistance from everyone that I have requested help from, and many thanks to all.
During DSL version 0.7.0 release was my first attempt at writing any type of file for a linux system, ever...
and I didn't have any idea about what I was doing, short of emulating someone else's method or style ...
At this point, while I'm familiar with many of the terms and methods of using extensions to add to the DSL base,
I'm still unsure of WHY I should do, or not do, certain things, when I am working on a new addition to DSL.
I will list several of them here, and await suggestions from others..
1. When should I choose to use a .tar.gz, instead of a .dsl ?
2. What advantage does a .tar.gz offer over a .dsl, and WHY?
3. Should we always try to remove all unnecessary files from
our .dsl and .tar.gz builds, like doc, AUTHORS, man files,
README's, to keep the .dsl size to a minimum?
(helps save RAM ?) or should SOME be left intact?
4. Does leaving out these files harm the AUTHOR of the
program, or break the GPL for distributing a program
without giving the true AUTHOR recognition for his work?
5. Are there any directories that a .dsl file should try to avoid
writing to, or directories that are preferred to be used?
6. Same question as above, but with .tar.gz files?
7. What about including Icons for the desktop in our .dsl's?
Is that preferred or just a bonus?
8. The ".ci" files are amazing at what they do, but what
determines if an extension build should ever be one?
( whether it is shared with DSL, or used at home only? )
Clear answers to these questions will surely help a number of
us who are aiming to contribute to DSL, and help encourage
others to participate with the incredible group of users here.