(Idea based on discussion for #452273) On Friday 11 January 2008, you wrote: > Guillem Jover wrote: > > There's 278 udebs in the current main Packages file. Each Package-Type > > field takes 19 bytes, so 5282 bytes of bloat. In comparison the > > Description field takes 49416 bytes. If you are really concerned about > > "bloat", maybe you could trim those down instead. > > We are constantly trimming udeb descriptions. > > However, unlike this useless new field, udeb descriptions do have value > -- they are displayed to the user. Well, the short description is. But the long description is AFAIK unused in D-I. How about we just ignore the long description when writing the dpkg status file for D-I? AFAICT that would require a smallish patch in the libd-i function di_package_parser_write_description in src/package_parser.c. If we don't want to terminally cripple libd-i for this, it could also be done only if some environment variable is set.
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