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Re: How to make Packages file 50% smaller

On Sat, 3 Mar 2001, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 03, 2001 at 12:00:00AM -0800, Alexander Hvostov wrote:
> > > You'd need a separate description file which you should download in
> > > any case (or read from a cd) whenever the Packages file changes. 
> > 
> > Is that a problem? Doesn't seem problematic to me...
> Can you spell backward compatibility? If you feel the need for such a
> feature, you can do it with a Packages.stripped file or whatever, without
> stomping on other peoples feet. You seem to have no clue about what tools
> actually make use of the Packages file. You have already showed your
> ignorance with the Status file, too.
> Also please note that the Packages file format doesn't have a version number.

Fine with me regarding `Packages.stripped'.

Regarding my lack of a clue, you could try enlightening me, rather than
insulting me. You should know by now that insulting people doesn't
generally create anything useful.

> In any way, how you can think that changing Packages and having a new mechanism
> to get the old info rather than introducing a new mechanism to do what you want
> escapes me.
> Thanks,
> Marcus



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