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Re: RFDisscusion: Big Packages.gz and Statistics and Comparing solution


On Sun, Jan 07, 2001 at 11:42:04PM +0800, zhaoway wrote:
> 3. Additional benefits
> Seperate changelog.Debian and `Description:' etc. out into meta-info file
> could help users: 1) reduce the bandwidth eaten 2) help their upgrade
> decisions easily.
I like this idea.  There are some ways to allow the
non-Description download without breaking compatability.
Here's one:

* Keep old Packages.gz file with Descriptions.
* Make new Small-Packages.gz file w/o Descriptions, and have
  new version of apt look for it, if so configured.
* Some method of getting the descriptions separately.  Maybe
  Descriptions.gz or maybe per-package or whatever.
* Perhaps merge Descriptions (if they're downloaded), or put
  placeholders (Description: <no-description>), into files
  in /var/state/apt/lists/ so there's no compatability break
  in those.

have a nice day,
Thomas Smith <tgs@finbar.dyndns.org>  
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