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Re: Package Pool Proposal

On Tue, Dec 07, 1999 at 05:57:23AM -0500, Michael Stone wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 07, 1999 at 11:47:59AM +1100, Craig Sanders wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 06, 1999 at 05:29:08PM -0500, Michael Stone wrote:
> > > I would hope not. That would be a terrible waste of bandwidth!
> > 
> > why?
> > 
> > it seems like a very reasonable and responsible use of bandwidth to me.
> Seems to me that most people don't use all of the packages in debian,
> and are going to end up repeatedly downloading packages they'll never
> use. Seems far more responsible to use a web cache or shared apt archive
> directory and only download that subset of debian that's actually used. 

yes, that works well for some (perhaps most) people.

it doesn't work all that well if:

a) you install different packages on different machines

b) you want to be able to nfs mount your debian mirror so you can install
   with dpkg -i as well as apt-get and dselect (this is particularly
   useful if you mirror debian-incoming as well)

c) you want the downloads to occur overnight when you're not using your
   internet link.

d) you want to upgrade NOW because you have enough free time to do it,
   not in 10 mins or 3 hours time after the download has completed.

e) etc...

it's horses for courses. apt-get and a proxy cache may work for some,
but i find the convenience of a local mirror to be worth it. YMMV.


craig sanders

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