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Re: Not quite! Package pools anyone? [was Re: Debian on a 386? Unlikely.]

On Tue, 7 Dec 1999, Aaron Van Couwenberghe wrote:

> > > I'm not so sure of that any more...  We use a 486-25 at work with 8MB
> > > of RAM and 80MB of disk.  It runs a fine firewall/dial-up server.  In
> > > fact, the only thing it _can't_ do is _upgrade_!  Debian has gotten
> > > sooo big, that I have to make a 4 to 8MB swapfile (8MB swap partition)
> > > just to run dpkg, which is difficult on the limited disk space.  Dselect
> > > takes about 20 mins just to bring up the selection screen.
> There is a much simpler solution. Hunt over to the debian-project archives,
> and read the recent thread about package pools. This will solve your problem
> easily.

Also the new APT guis like console-apt typically use about 1/3 of the
amount of memory that dselect does. If you use the potato dpkg then the
runtime footprint of dpkg is also quite reduced.


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