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Lengthy Debian install procedures

On Wed, 30 Sep 1998, Pat O'Brien wrote:
> > In addition to the packager apparently being slower, and the
> > unnecessary interaction, many Debian packages do a lot of unnecessary
> > computation: recompiling elisp files 3 or 4 times, recompiling TeX
> > formats, etc.

are there good reasons these tasks cannot be backgrounded so the install
can go on without them?

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