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Re: Bug#8471: Size and InstalledSize

Ian Jackson <ian@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:

> We certainly shouldn't change it so that the meaning of
> already-distributed packages or files changes.

> If we do anything there should be a unit on the size.

Yes and yes.

> I'm not convinced it's worth it.  It's pretty obvious to a human what
> the units are, and a program can be made to deal with the information
> in any way we feel is appropriate.

Not that it's really a big deal, but I don't understand why the data
was truncated in the first place.  Any interface (like dselect) could
have truncated it for user interface purposes, and truncating it has
no advantage I can see.  And who knows, in certain situations, the
information might have been useful.

I can't recall, but I may have mentioned this "objection" before.


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