Re: Architecture all
Joey Hess <email@example.com> writes:
> Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> > It migth not only be a problem for users, but also it gets downloaded
> > when one gets all Packages for arch foo or if the Packages for foo
> > only are mirrored and not the complete distribution with links. It
> > might save some space on some mirrors and save people the download if
> > the package depends on whatever the wraped package depends on. In this
> > case i386 and alpha.
> It won't save any mirror space. Suppose I have a 8 MB package, that is
> arch: all, and depends on quake. (I do, it's quake-lib). Currently, it is
> arch: all, so the file is only on the mirror once. If I change it be be
> arch: i386 alpha, then I will build the i386 package, and presumably some
> alpha porter will build the alpha package. of course, there is no real
> difference between the two packages, but the ftp site maintainer can't tell
> that, and so we end up with two copies of the package, and 8 MB of mirror
> space wasted.
> Of course, on the other hand it will save some m68k people who mirror debian
> m68k an 8 mb download.
It will save space on all non-i386 non-alpha mirrors (are there any?),
mainly it would save people (presumably with a slow modem or disks)
If you can say arch = i386 + alpha in one package, so that it would
be in binary-all, linked in i386 and alpha, but not in the pther
archs, no space would be wasted.
Would be possible to have the same package for a few archs only
instead of all or would that need some changes in the scipts and
May the Source be with you.
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