xml structures and some notes

Gerard Beekmans gerard at linuxfromscratch.org
Thu Sep 7 11:51:14 PDT 2000

> > 1) You start an ALFS process by starting up the front-end
> > 2) The front-end asks you to choose a profile
> > 3) The front-end asks you to change things
> How should the front-end know what to ask?

The front-end should be configured to ask you to accept each and every little 
detail of the profile (that might prove not to be as great as it sounds but 
we just need to do test runs to figure that out for ourselves) or only asks 
to change particular things. What kind of things? You can decide. You should 
be able to tell the front-end that whenever it's going to send something to 
the profiler you want to change the installation prefix (you know, the prefix 
that is set to /usr by default). Then when the front-end reads the stuff 
inside <package></package> sections it asks you to modify the prefix and the 
front-end will pass a modified <configure>./configure 
--preifx=blah</configure> to the profiler.

Or something like that.

It has been suggested to add <input> or related tags. If that's used then it 
looks to me you can only let the front-end ask the user something when it 
sees an <input> tag. That would severely limit the user's ability to override 
things when <input> is missing. That's how I see it at least.

But let's save this discussion for a new mailinglist which I will announce 
later today.

Gerard Beekmans

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