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Bloated package file (Was: Re: ITP: mencal -- A menstruation calendar)



On Mon, Mar 25, 2002 at 04:49:51AM -0600, Adam Majer wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 25, 2002 at 02:01:57AM -0500, Andres Salomon wrote:
> > Someone found the need for it and wrote the program.  Someone else found
> > if worthy of their time to package it.  Who are you to judge whether
> > it's useful or not?  If it turns out to not be useful, sooner or later
> > it will be orphaned, get really stale, and eventually get dropped from
> > the archive.  A collection of "stupid little scripts", as call it, is
> > not likely to bloat the archive any more than 20 web browsers based on
> > gecko will. 
> 
> True, but I'm much more concerned with bloating Packages [sorry that I didn't
> say that in the first place]. On low end machines, like m64k or 386/486
> with little ram (<32M) it becomes a horrid process to try to update the 
> system just because Packages is getting out of control.

Then we should change this process and not stop adding packages to
Debian as a workaround for the real problem.

> And true, it will get O and then dropped out, but that usually takes months to
> years. I've seen stuff in O for over a year.

And that's no problem if the package isn't buggy and people are still
using it.

> So in a nutshell, include all the stuff you want but make sure it is 
> still possible to run Debian effectively on a very low end supported
> system like 386 with 12MB.

And make that sure by changing the mechanism and software, not by stop
adding packages to Debian.

Jeroen Dekkers
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