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
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?