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

On Mon, Jun 17, 2002 at 09:47:29AM +1000, Glenn McGrath wrote:

> On Sun, 16 Jun 2002 16:17:35 -0400
> "Matt Zimmerman" <mdz@debian.org> wrote:
> > I'm thinking that it would make a big difference for certain data that
> > the user really does want.  For example, a GIS data package used with a
> > GPS might include several large files, and there might not be enough
> > disk space to store two copies of all of them.
> > 
> > I think busybox dpkg may already do something along these lines, but I
> > don't know what its limitations are (Glenn?).
> Im not sure what you mean by "unpack files in-place", do you mean
> extracting files directly to the root filessytem rather than extracting to
> a tmp directory and moving them ?

I mean when upgrading a package, extracting the files over the existing
files in the filesystem, instead of extracting everything without
overwriting, and then renaming.  The latter is definitely good practice, but
in such a constrained environment, it might be worthwhile to trade off some
safety for reduced storage requirements.

 - mdz

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