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Re: Packaging _still_ wasteful for many large packages

Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> writes:

> Steve McIntyre wrote:
> > If you're updating unstable machines over dialup, then the size of the
> > Packages file is _surely_ not a limiting factor! Things may be
> > different in the US, but in my experience in the UK most people get
> > hold of Debian either:
> The Packages files are typically 10% of my total download per update.
> On one of my systems, the Packages files comprise 10% of the total disk
> space used by Debian (15 of 155 mb), so this impacts small installs as
> well.
> -- 
> see shy jo

A set of Packages file split into priority (main/essential,
main/required, main/extra, ...) or usage (base, server, workstation,
kde, gnome) could greatly reduce that. I'm working on implementing
such splits for debmirror2, to create partial local mirrors.


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