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Re: New APT version

Raul Miller <rdm@test.legislate.com> writes:

> Marcelo E. Magallon <mmagallo@efis.ucr.ac.cr> wrote:
> > I agree with you here, but I must point out that this information is most
> > useful is it's available before downloading the actual .deb files. If the
> > information is located in the Packages file, GUI apt could display partition
> > usage information while selecting pacakges. 
> Note that it doesn't need to be *in* the Packages file.  It doesn't
> even need to be downloaded if the total size of all packages is
> less than the free space of the smallest partition [and should be
> possible to exclude partitions that are mounted off of directories
> which wouldn't be populated in the base system, or which are under
> "/home" or "/usr/local/"].
> Also, note that this kind of information compresses really well.

Also everything under /mnt could be excluded.

But also it couldn't.

I just thought about something that might break down the complete
system proposed here:

1. Devices mounted via nfs/afs/samba don't give correct size
information or hide submountpoints (giving a wrong size).

2. Some directories could be linked to different partitions. E.G. /var
could be a link to /mnt/bigdrive/var or /usr a link to

One could ignore such things, hopeing it won't happen, one could tray
to figure out such things (nearly impossible I would say, because to
slow), or one could configure it somehow that it knows that some
device have different sizes or that some dirs are on different devices 
as it seems.

May the Source be with you.

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