Re: Package Lists and Size
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> So, i think if there .diff's exist, maybe apt-get can patch the
> Changes into the files on the client, or a small wrapper arround
> apt-get can do this..
Goodness, you are the second person to ask for this in a month. Diff is not
suitable since there are many versions the file could be diffed against. You
need rsync, anoncvs, or similar.
Some of the servers run rsync, which works well for the Packages file, but
does not work for the packages themselves. Other mirrors do not run rsync
since it puts extra CPU load on their server. Perhaps you could find/use a
mirror with public rsync access. To do this, just replace http with rsync in
There are technical solutions to precomputing the diffs used by rsync, as well
as solutions for diffing .gz files. E.g. I was able to perform apt-get
update, upgrade in about half the time, but nobody has put in the work
required to get these nicely integrated into the current tool set, set up on
the servers with simple HOWTOs for mirrors.
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