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Re: debdelta/debpatch

On Tue, Oct 08, 2002 at 12:50:24PM -0500, Drew Scott Daniels wrote:
> If there were a distribution method that uses diffs, I'd recommend using the
> last stable as a starting point for testing and unstable. When the diff is
> larger than the package itself then it would be preferable to download the
> package.

There are packages in unstable which are not yet in stable. But in this
case the first version could be used.

> If there were servers with enough space or processing power then diffs
> against all versions that they've seen would be nice.

This would solve the starting problem.

> If a diff download between the client's available versions and the server's
> is not available then the failure case should have the client downloading
> the entire package.

> > > I've written a couple of scripts which are designed to create xdelta
> > > diffs of debian packages. These could conceivably be used to create a
> > > delta repository, vastly reducing the download amount for an
> > > update/upgrade.
> >
> > It might be very difficult to deploy to unstable right now, because
> > there is the question of "which deb package to start from ?"
> > but it might be very effective in doing security-update packages.

This would be nice. I am at home behind a modem line, a security update
for woody would be 20 MB in size... (it's behind a firewall, so do
not bother to try to hack it ... ;-))

What happened to the diffs for the Packages files? There was a discussion
here some time ago.

Oliver Kurth
mailto:kurth@leinekanal.de                         http://leinekanal.de

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