Re: Bloated package file (Was: Re: ITP: mencal -- A menstruation calendar)
Jeroen Dekkers@lists.debian-devel@Mon, 25 Mar 2002 21:14:27 +0100:
> First of all, why should the Packages file be readable? Isn't it just
> an index?
If this is about the file being a textfile: That's what I love about
Debian.. With RPM I can't manually change things when the system messes
up, with Debian I can.
But you probably don't mean that..
> Second, all the human readable descriptions would be in the different
> pool directory, i.e. in the file pool/main/f/foobar/Packages.
I think downloading *all* those separate files will be a *lot* slower.
OF course, it's only the initial download, still an initial download
would mean >8000 requests instead of <10.
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