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

Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 16, 2002 at 06:10:10PM +0100, Miah Gregory wrote:
> > 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?
> For my test installation, /var/lib/dpkg is 2.8M of du usage.  It is
> interesting to note that the total length of all of the files is actually
> only 1M, or close to 1/3 of that size, so half the space could easily be
> recovered by a filesystem capable of storing small files more efficiently
> than ext2.  I have been planning to use jffs for other reasons, and I wonder
> if it has such a capability.  reiserfs seems to do very well with small
> files, but I imagine that jffs will be better suited for the media.

One nice approach might be moving the dpkg status area, /usr/share/doc
and some other stuff to a separate media like the microdrives or even
nfs in some cases. Unless you really plan to upgrade your palmtop on the
road, or expect to need to be able to query the database or something,
you can get away without that stuff for all the typical PDA tasks
(notes, games, books, email, ssh; what else would one use a PDA for? ;-)
Slip in the microdrive when you need it and you're good to go.

Myself, I've long decided to wait until PDA's are up to about 64mb of
flash, and then just slap debian on it, but if you do the work to make
it fit in the current generation, I may need to reconsider that

see shy jo

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