Re: How to make Packages file 50% smaller
On 3 Mar 2001, Brian May wrote:
> >>>>> "Joey" == Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
If that becomes a problem (and it is), use diffs. I don't disagree with
> Brian May <email@example.com>