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Re: Package metadata server

On 06 Apr 2002 19:45:29 -0500
"Colin Walters" <walters@debian.org> wrote:

> On Fri, 2002-04-05 at 06:37, Glenn McGrath wrote:
> > An idea that i havent heard mentioned here is to create a
> > client/server application for specifically handling our metadata, the
> > server can be queried by clients to send only the required metadata.
> debian-corba already implements most of the bits you'd need.
> http://cvs.verbum.org/debian/debian-corba

Actually im thing now that the drawback of requiring a specialist client
to query a metadata server would be a big drawback.

It could probably be done with HTTP, using cgi scripts (i dont know much
about this), that way standard clients can be used to retrieve pieces of
the Packages's file by putting the querry in the url.

Busybox wget could be used from the rescue disk to retrieve selective
metadata, which would solve a couple of problems at once.


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