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Re: Contents-i386.gz

On Fri, May 02, 2008 at 06:08:29PM +0100, Bruce Robson wrote:
>I'm running lenny and tried to use the apt-file command.
>My /etc/apt/sources.list includes the line
>deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux testing _Lenny_ - Official Snapshot i386 kde-CD Binary-1 20080428-10:42]/ lenny main
>This line make apt-file look for the file dists/lenny/Contents-i386.gz
>on the CD. However, this file is not present.
>I looked some old CDs
>1)  3.0 r1 "Woody" does contain dists/woody/Contents-i386.gz
>2)  3.1 r3 "Sarge" does not contain dists/sarge/Contents-i386.gz
>3)  4.0 r1 "Etch"  does not contain dists/etch/Contents-i386.gz
>The missing Contents-i386.gz means that apt-file doesn't work on
>the CDs in sarge, etch and lenny.
>Is there supposed to be a Contents-i386.gz file or is the bug that
>apt-file hasn't been updated to use the Packages and/or Packages.gz

Hi Bruce,

This has already been reported - see #368178 in the BTS. The Contents
files would take up a lot of space on the CD and DVD sets, so it was
decided some time ago to drop them - it's considered much more
valuable to use the space for packages rather than more metadata.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"Because heaters aren't purple!" -- Catherine Pitt

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