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FS#9664 - Wvdial / Wvstreams Native On Install

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Mike (Caliburn) - Sunday, 24 February 2008, 07:30 GMT
Last edited by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Wednesday, 05 March 2008, 13:41 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Packages: Core
Status Closed
Assigned To Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version 2007.08-2
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


Arch Linux doesn't automatically come equipped with Wvdial or it's dependents. As a 56k-only user, this is more than a simple chore. Assuming the user has access to another machine or another OS on the drive, Wvdial and it's required dependents (ie.: Wvstreams) must be downloaded, burned to a CD or other medium, and copied/installed to the OS as a separate entity.

If the user doesn't have such access to another local machine or another OS installed on the drive, they're looking at a reformat of the system for this task.

I'm requesting Wvdial and it's necessities become an automatically added group of packages available on the CD or during the install process of said CD.
This task depends upon

Closed by  Tobias Powalowski (tpowa)
Wednesday, 05 March 2008, 13:41 GMT
Reason for closing:  Won't implement
Comment by Roman Kyrylych (Romashka) - Thursday, 28 February 2008, 00:16 GMT
mmm, can the same be archieved with ppp and netcfg?
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Thursday, 28 February 2008, 17:50 GMT
i guess so, that was the reson for not including it.
Comment by Dan McGee (toofishes) - Wednesday, 05 March 2008, 13:28 GMT
Man, [core] is starting to blow up. I don't think adding packages for 1% of users is very smart on our part, especially packages that are not going to increase in usage.

Can't we just have better documentation on how to add drivers to the system? Or why does everything that ends up on the installer truely have to be in core?
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Wednesday, 05 March 2008, 13:31 GMT
nothing is on the installer yet, wvdial is probably just easier for some users to use, core is about getting to the internet and a base system so this request makes imho sense.
Comment by Jan de Groot (JGC) - Wednesday, 05 March 2008, 13:36 GMT
If it's just to be easier, we could add back Xorg again and add some graphical tools to do the job. Making things easier that are possible already is not what brings packages in core.
Comment by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Wednesday, 05 March 2008, 13:40 GMT
i don't use wvdial so this was just a guess, it's also not a problem to install wvdial with the addons feature of the iso.
--> won't implement