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Re: big Packages.gz file

From: Hamish Moffatt <hamish@debian.org>
Subject: Re: big Packages.gz file
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 19:59:13 +1100

> On Tue, Jan 09, 2001 at 03:04:10AM +0800, zhaoway wrote:
> > A big package index IMHO is the current bottleneck of Debian package system.
> What is the real problem with the large package files? They take a long
> time to download, but so do emacs and other bloatware.

The problem is, IMHO, that is, ;)

Every awhile, when you want to update a package to the newest version,
you have to update the package index first. And that is not absolutely
necessary if you look into this problem. And the size of package index
is constantly growing.

With Emacs, nearly all of the bits are necessary for the
functionality, and you don't download it for evey trivial update
tasks. And it is not as rapidly growing in size as package index is.

To look further, if we allow translation of Packages index, it could
be even bigger. Or we allow multiple versions of a package come into
Package pool (as Manoj had mentioned in another thread), big Package
index could be even more troublesome.

Hope I make myself clearer. ;) And thank you for discuss with me! ;)

echo <<EOF |cpp - -|egrep -v '(^#|^$)'
/*   =|=X ++
 *   /\+_ p7 <zw@debian.org> */

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