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Re: Splitting locales and i18ndata from glibc into some sane packages

On Thu, Oct 05, 2000 at 11:01:51AM -0400, Itai Zukerman wrote:
> > bmc@espy:/usr/src/upload$ ls /usr/lib/locale/ | wc -l
> >     134
> Well, the other proposal was:
> $ ls /usr/lib/locale | sed -e s/_.*// | uniq | wc -l
>      53
> But regardless, I'm not sure what the problem with 134 locale packages
> is.  

1. The speed and memory usage of our packaging system is at points linear 
or worse with the number of packages. This split alone might make a noticable
performance drop, especially on small machines. This is fundamentally not
fixable, though it can be improved.

2. Have you looked through dselect or console-apt recently? Think about 
installing Debian and trying to go through that mess to find which packages 
you want to install.

3. More packages take up more space in /var/lib/dpkg/, more space in the
mirrors, more space everywhere. Splitting locales into locales-* might
double or triple the amount of space that one package would take up.

David Starner - dstarner98@aasaa.ofe.org
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And crawling, on the planet's face, some insects called the human race.
Lost in space, lost in time, and meaning.
	-- RHPS

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