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Re: Package metadata server

Glenn McGrath <bug1@optushome.com.au> wrote:
> 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.

And then you get the solution which has been mentioned before but not
commented on much:

Packages contains package names, versions and pointers (filenames) to
the rest of the package metadata.

I you want information about a particular package, download the file
containing the metadata for that package. Then you don't have to
download stuff you're not interested in, and you don't have to
re-download all the metadata for packages which haven't changed.
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