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Re: Debian on the Sharp Zaurus/SL-5xxx

In message <[🔎] 20020616165342.GS12595@alcor.net>
          Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 16, 2002 at 05:32:42PM +0100, Miah Gregory wrote:

> > I'm going to hope that you're just joking there, right?? We're talking
> > about devices with severely limited amounts of ram and storage space. You
> > don't want countless copies of licences, changelogs, and in most cases,
> > even documentation all over the place.

> Of course you don't.  But the right way to solve that problem is to allow
> dpkg to exclude these things when unpacking packages.

Possibly.. Don't forget that such devices will also often be on the end of
low bandwidth links, so size really does mean everything.. :-)

> Surprise, this feature is already planned for an upcoming dpkg release.

Fair enough.

> sysklogd will not be installed by default.  Various server applications
> which write their own logs will need to be reconfigured by the user.
> Providing this as a default is no reason to repackage everything.

No, I agree with that.

> I confess to not knowing any more than this about the ipkg format. 
> However, based on what I know, this similarity seems to be a duplication of
> effort. dpkg and existing Debian packages can, and will, be extended to
> provide equivalent functionality without sacrificing other features.

The size of the local package database is also a concern. Will any of the
planned changes to dpkg address the size of the database, to make it more
suitable for limited resource devices?

Miah Gregory

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