Re: DebTorrent status and apt-p2p howto...
To my surprise debtorrent is pretty functional... Bad thing it
doesn't work under proxy (firewall), so I can't take advantage of it
Still is pending for me a set of good practices, how much disk space
would be decent, etc...
On Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 3:49 PM, Javier Vasquez <email@example.com> wrote:
> I like torrent a lot as a mechanism to share information. I believe
> the DebTorrent project is great cause it might enable upgrading
> systems not necesarily from one mirror but from different seeders and
> leechers, freeing up resources, and perhaps making upgrades faster,
> and all under the user control (one can decide when to start sharing,
> when to stop sharing, and which favorite engine to use, I like and
> only use rtorrent btw, download bandwidth, upload bandwidth, etc).
> Any ways does any one know the status of debTorrent? Is it to come to
> reality anytime soon?
> I realize there's also apt-p2p, but it's not torrent, which I prefer.
> At any rate, it allows also sharing among users. However, as I have
> never used it, I'm wondering some things, for example even if a
> package gets hashed into a DHT (distributed hash table), if I clean up
> the downloaded packages through "aptitude clean", then the packages
> are no longer available, and this should cleanup also the DHT I hope
> (since the package is no longer available in the box). But this also
> implies changing upgrade habits, for example I always cleanup the
> cache before and after every upgrade (it's useful to prevent growing
> the disk cache area)... However if one uses like me unstable
> distribution and keeps periodically upgrading the boxes, one can't
> just never do "aptitude clean", since that mean keeping not the latest
> versions of each packet, but several old ones as well, and that for me
> is a no go... Doing apt-clean only before upgrading might be a good
> practice, since then one just keeps the recently downloaded packages,
> but of course previously downloaded ones are lost. This is not that
> bad if people periodically upgraded systems, since then the only ones
> required are the latest packages upgraded, and this for now sounds
> like my way to go if I decide to use apt-p2p. Notice these might be
> valid issues for debTorrent as well, though I like torrents better
> given the flexibility and controllability it provides.
> So is there kind of good practices guide for using apt-p2p, including
> how to keep just the latest version of packages downloaded? And if
> debTorrent is already functional and ready for testing, are there
> similar guides for it as well?