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Re: ITP: mencal -- A menstruation calendar

On Mon, Mar 25, 2002 at 06:08:20PM +1100, Glenn McGrath wrote:
> On 24 Mar 2002 22:23:28 -0800
> "Thomas Bushnell, BSG" <tb@becket.net> wrote:
> > "Adam Majer" <adamm@galacticasoftware.com> writes:
> > 
> > > This is NOT about _censorware_ or other crap like that. It about
> > > making the Packages file less than a gig. Why the hell do we even have
> > > 386 as a platform? or m64k? When you need tons of ram just to load
> > > Packages?
> > 
> > Do you have suggestions about how to fix that problem?
> The "Packages" file should just be a list of package names and versions,
> nothing else. The metadata for a package should be downloadable as a
> seperate file, maybe integrated into <package>_<version>.dsc

How about just:


Splitting each package will fill the archive up with thousands of little
files. Then, to actually get a list of all the descriptions you'd have to
try to download *hundred's* of files.

What is the package-description change rate? Would it be sufficient to
generate a master file once a month and then a file which gave just the
changed ones since the beginning of the month.

Ofcourse, the real solution is rsync, but that's not going to happen.
Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog@svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
> Ignorance continues to thrive when intelligent people choose to do
> nothing.  Speaking out against censorship and ignorance is the imperative
> of all intelligent people.

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