Re: RFC: very large, redundant packages
On Sat, Apr 27, 2002 at 12:16:02AM -0500, Adam Heath wrote:
> Thought of using xdelta?
> It can generate binary diffs. So, fetch basedebs.tar.gz. Extract files.
> Apply xdelta.diff. tar up root.
basedebs.tar is not compressed, so it should work just as well without
Hmm. I only have one version of basedebs.tar, so I can't immediately test
how well (or poorly) xdelta does with it.
So we could have a "basedebs" package which would, on first install or upon
user request, download the current basedebs.tar. Then, to coincide with
each new basedebs release, a new version of the package would be released,
containing xdeltas to transform the old into the new.
Whether this would work well depends on the xdelta results; if there is
another basedebs release for i386, I'll try it out.
Also interesting might be to create basedebs for unstable using something
like dpkg-repack, so that nothing needs to be downloaded at all.
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