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I believe that the application manager on the N800 is actually an apt front end. As you say, buggy repository and/or repository adding instructions.
Playing with the N800
Posted Mar 22, 2007 14:26 UTC (Thu) by humberto (guest, #70)
The .install files have a work around, you can list several "required repositories", and the package system should be able to pull in all the dependencies.
Searching through the maemo wiki should help find installation instructions for many of the multiple-repository packages, while the .install files get written.
Posted Mar 22, 2007 22:49 UTC (Thu) by mgedmin (subscriber, #34497)
That's a big shame, especially when such problems are not noticed when testing .install files on tables that already have those extra repositories configured. (I created the vim and gnumeric .install files, and they Worked On My Tablets.)
The solution, I suppose, is to abandon this repository mess and upload all packages to a single repository (Maemo Extras is the obvious candidate).
An alternative solution is to wait for a new OS2007 update with the new .install file format that allows one to specify more than one repository. I don't think this one is as good, because some users will not upgrade their OS, and some developers will not notice that some dependencies come from a different package.
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