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

On Mon, Mar 25, 2002 at 11:38:45PM +0000, Wilmer van der Gaast wrote:
> 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.

I don't see how a system could mess up the Package file on the ftp
server. Besides that apt already uses the binary file
> But you probably don't mean that..

Yes, I wasn't talking about the dpkg status files.
> >  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.

First of all, why can't you provide one big files too?

You also don't need all those 8000 files.

Jeroen Dekkers
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