On Fri, Feb 04, 2000 at 05:15:42PM -0500, Jacob Kuntz wrote: > > rsync uses a uniq protocol for sending only the uniqness of the file over > the link. you can read more about how it does this at > http://rsync.samba.org/rsync/tech_report/. this requires slightly more cpu > work on the server end, but the required bandwidth would be reduced for all > parties involved. installing a new package wouldn't be any faster, but > upgrading would be instantaneous. As someone else has already mentioned, I believe that .deb files do not diff well yet. Someone was working on a way of handling the compression in such a fashion that small changes in the internal contents of a .deb WOULD only result in small changes to the resulting archive, but I'm not entirely sure what happened to that. > InfoWorld recently (along with many misquotes) pointed out that Debian > (which is controlled by Corel) has put a lot of work into online updates. i ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^!!! I really, really hope that that the above underscored is one of the many misquotes. Someone needs to send them a polite letter if they actually blankly said that. Actually, if what you wrote is true, someone probably needs to send them a letter explaining things anyway. If anything, Debian is closer to controlling Corel's distribution than the other way around. -- Zed Pobre <firstname.lastname@example.org> a.k.a. Zed Pobre <email@example.com> PGP key and fingerprint available on finger; encrypted mail welcomed.
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