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Re: How to make Packages file 50% smaller

On 3 Mar 2001, Brian May wrote:

> >>>>> "Joey" == Joey Hess <joey@kitenet.net> writes:
>     Joey> Alexander Hvostov wrote:
>     >> I suggest splitting off each description into a separate file,
>     >> like Brian suggests, and then having dselect et al download
>     >> descriptions on demand. That's almost as fast and helps
>     >> everyone.
>     Joey> Good greif. Some of us upgrade offline. *Many* of us have
>     Joey> high latency or low bandwidth connections. I'd rather have a
> Thats me.
> I also have to pay for each megabyte I receive. It is not cheap.
> Also this link is shared, so while I am downloading huge Packages
> files, I affect everyone else who is using the connection, too.
>     Joey> large wait at the start than turn every tool that uses
>     Joey> extended descriptions into a crawling nighmare.
> I would rather have a small delay whenever I look up package
> information, rather then pay to download large descriptions (up to
> once a day), which in all probability have not even changed since last
> time.

If that becomes a problem (and it is), use diffs. I don't disagree with
you, though.

> -- 
> Brian May <bam@debian.org>



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