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Re: Split of Packages.gz (was: intent to package mrename)

On Wed, Aug 09, 2000 at 09:49:00PM +0000, W. Borgert wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 09, 2000 at 10:21:08PM +0200, Christian Pernegger wrote:
> > The easiest way would be to make package lists per-directory items. This way
> > a user not interested in X apps doesn't even see (or download) them. An added
> > benefit of
> > splitting the packages file is that if only the section main/games changed,
> > the rest of main wouldn't have to be fetched.
> While I'm not against this idea, I don't believe that this
> will bring a great benefit.
> The splitted
> Packages.gz would have a greater benefit, if our package
> struture would become much more fine-grained, like
> main/interpreters/{guile,misc,perl,tcl}/... and
> main/devel/{c,c++,debian,gnome,misc}/...

What about dependencies between packages in different sections?  I think
the PITA of having dozens of unmet dependencies would offset the benefit
of multiple Packages.gzs.


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