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Re: Debian development using the master account?

>>>>> "Dale" == Dale Scheetz <dwarf@polaris.net> writes:

Dale> On Fri, 17 Jan 1997, Chow Chi-Ming wrote:
>> Under the new package format, you still have to upload the .deb
>> every time.  What I meant was, instead of uploading a full file set
>> including the .deb file everytime a new debian version comes out,
>> which is quite expensive in terms of bandwidth if the package is
>> big or frequent updates are required, developers can upload only
>> the .dsc, .diff.gz and the .changes.  Automatic generation of the
>> .deb file can be performed centrally on master.
>> The idea is to upload minimal stuff that fully defines a new
>> version.  IT is a trade-off between bandwidth and processing/disk
>> burden on master.
Dale> Distributing the bandwidth amongst the developers keeps every
Dale> individual contribution managable and fair. 

Uploading only diffs means a saving of bandwidth for all developers
and reduces _a lot of_ traffic into master.  It is not about
re-distributing bandwidth, but about _cutting down_ bandwidth.  It
makes much difference for those who pay by-the-minute for their modem
access to the net (I am being one of the unluck few) who wish to
maintain large packages.

Dale> Loading the bulk of
Dale> the effort on to master is something I can't speak to...that's
Dale> not my contribution. I can say that putting more burden on
Dale> master will just make it even more difficult to communicate
Dale> with. There are diminishing returns to every trade-off.

Of course all these depends entirely on whether there are enough
resources available to us on master (Is the owner of master reading
this thread?).  The nice level of building .deb files can be set
properly to avoid heavy CPU load.

Billy C.-M. Chow <cmchow@se.cuhk.edu.hk>
Department of Systems Engineering       
The Chinese University of Hong Kong    

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