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Re: New APT version

Scott Ellis <storm@gate.net> writes:

> On Wed, 20 May 1998, Will Lowe wrote:
> > > > If there are no major unfixed problems with apt at release time, I feel
> > > > this is what the testing group will recommend as a prefered upgrade
> > > > method.  
> > > > 
> > > > Does anyone have any problems with this?
> > Maybe I'm the only one with this problem,  but apt-get doesn't seem to
> > check for available space on the filesystems it's going to install stuff
> > on.  I've several times had dselect hang on me because it runs out of
> > space whilst unpacking files.
> It gives space-usage information, but unfortunatly there isn't a truely
> practical way to determine the space requirements of a package for each
> filesystem (short of reading all the packages through beforehand to gather
> the size information out of them, something that would extend what many
> think is already an extrodinarily long installation routine).  In
> addition, it really is dpkg's place to know about being out of space, not
> apt's (imho)

Maybe it would be a good idea to include a "du" output of the package
with its control.tgz. That could then be parsed (by apt or by dpkg)
and compared to the df output. Shouldn't be hard to implement, but a
change in the package files.

May the Source be with you.

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