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Re: Debian's problems, Debian's future

On Thu, Mar 28, 2002 at 10:25:38PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> Is there some reason you don't gzip -9 or bzip2 the diffs?
> Hrm, given that you're only applying the diffs if the version you
> have is exactly the same as the version you're diffing against (ie,
> the md5sums match), you could probably use a different diff format to
> make downloads faster. diff -e might be a good choice, in that it only
> includes the new text, not the old text.

Interesting point.

> Rather than having a diff from the old version straight to the current
> version (which means remirroing those files each time, and keeping all
> the old Packages files around), it'd probably be better to have people
> who're x days out of date download x diffs.

Which is how Ben Bell's apt-pupdate does it.


Jules 'apt-pupdate evangelist extraordinaire' Bean

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