Huge data files in Debian
again a question where I find it difficult to put it into one single
box. However, please reply to debian-science.
I am trying to get the package "astrometry.net" into Debian. This
package exists for Ubuntu , but (with some minor changes) could be
uploaded to Debian as well. I already contacted the creator of the
package (no reply yet).
The package, however, is accompanied with a number of data files from
which at least some are needed to run the package. Fortunately, these
data files are DFSG, and already available as Debian packages .
But: These packages sum up to ~25 GB, with the maximal package size of
3.5 GB. What is the best way to deal with them? Loosely following the
discussion about the Icedove icons, it is probably not a wise idea
("privacy breach") to let them downloaded from a third party server; at
least as long as they are DFSG-free. But can (and shall) our Debian
servers store these files? Is 25 GB much for us or not these days?
I would guess that this package will have about the same number of
installations (popcon ~250, 0.2 %) as the other astronomy related packages.