--- Evan Prodromou <email@example.com> wrote:
> >>>>> "AH" == Alexander Hvostov
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> AH> That should be a good start. Anyone care to
> I'm no genius, but even to a dunderhead like me, it
> seems like the
> Debian package mechanism is getting quite creaky
> with age. Something
> that scaled well for a package catalog in the
> hundreds does terribly for
> package catalogs in the tens of thousands. For
> * Loading package catalogs takes a long time
> on loaded or
> low-memory machines.
> * Browsing package catalogs for useful
> packages is practically
> It seems like we need a revamp of the Debian catalog
> and package
> format to allow at least the following:
> * Sub-architectures. Allow some binary
> packages that are
> CPU-bound to be optimized for particular
> chips. For example,
> a Pentium II computer might be able to
> install packages
> tagged for the i386/i686 architecture, the
> architecture, and the i386 architecture.
> * Multiple versions of the same package.
> Instead of having 10
> jillion python2.2, python2.1, and
> python1.5 library
> packages, allow multiple binaries tagged
> with the
> appropriate version.
> * Hierarchical categories. We have <10
> categories of software
> in the Debian system right now. This is
> just laughable. We
> need to be able to tag packages according
> to real useful
> categories, like
> "Network/Internet/Clients/Chat/IRC" or
> "Libraries/DataFormat/XML/Parser". This
> should make browsing
> for appropriate software a lot easier than
> "apt-cache search
> irc" or "apt-cache search xml".
> * Optimizations of the catalog as stored at
> the leaf node
> My main comment is this: where does this discussion
> go on? On
> debian-devel? -private? Who do I talk to to get
> Debian working better
> for me.
Nice to read you, Evan.
I don't know, but if we want to take a capitulation
position or not (to the juggernaut) I do think XML
does adequately describe data.
I hear so often... disk is cheap
memory is cheap
$60 billion dollars, at #!perl '*' x 15 least, and the
freaking morons run on less porsche boxsters?
Don't say you didn't hear it hear first.
Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Mail Plus - Powerful. Affordable. Sign up now.