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Re: Optimising Debian-CD

On Tue, 9 Apr 2002, Wookey wrote:

> On Tue 09 Apr, Philip Hands wrote:
> > I've been watching debian-cd running on open struggle with the trivia of
> > generating things like Packages files, and md5sums, and it occurs to me
> > that much of this could do with some work.
> > For example the generation of the md5sum files would be done a lot
> > quicker by a perl script that picks the pre-calculated md5sums out of
> > the ftp archive's md5sum.gz file.
> > Before I start this, does anyone have any reasons not to do this?  IMO
> > it's actually better to use the master md5sums, because it gives a
> > simple end-to-end sanity check.
> This seems reasonable, but will it work properly on non-official CDs - or are
> you only proposing this option for official CDs? ie on non-official Cds some
> packages are (potentially) replaced by local ones with different MD5sums. I
> don't think there is a pre-prepared md5sum.gz file to fish these out of (but
> Icould be wrong - I'm thoroughly out of date on how things have chaned in
> this area (scanpackages etal) between potato and woody.
> > A slightly more ambitious replacement would be to generate the Packages
> > files by taking the records out of the main archive's Packages files.
> Same proviso applies.

My home made packages have md5sums generated by the standard build

I can see no problems, provided make mirrorcheck is used.


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