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metadata explosion was:Re: intent to package mrename

On Wed, 9 Aug 2000, Florian Blaser wrote:

> What about publishing diff's instead of reloading the entire file each time it
> changes. This would resolve the bandwidth problem and wouldn't add a lot of
> load on the server... The main problem I see here is backward-compatibility :
> The Packages file needs to remain up-to-date. And another problem would be the
> multiplication of diff files...

A diff itself is not so good, as it contains the old state, too. But
something like this with lower bandwidth will sure be nessecary.

> The diffs could be named according to the timestamp of the latest Package file
> it can be applied to. So that the client (apt) knows what diffs to download
> accordingly.

Sounds like rcs or cvs. But this would need time on the server.

Another possibility would be to split in name/version/dependencies and
perhaps a field determining changes.

  Bernhard R. Link


> with KMail... But I promess : I'll put debian and learn to use pine !) so I may

You wanted to write mutt, don't you?

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