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Re: Apt-Torrent project

On Sun, 31 Oct 2004, Steinar H. Gunderson wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 30, 2004 at 12:42:32PM -0400, Mike Furr wrote:
> > However, I do feel that having a p2p backend to apt is a very
> > interesting and feasible distribution method.  There is a lot of
> > structure in the way Debian lays out its archive, from the Package files
> > to the .deb's themselves, which can be exploited to make this very
> > efficient.
> An interesting experiment would be simply cat-ing all the .debs together and
> extend BT in some way to just fetch the parts (ie. the .debs) that it needs
> (and likewise, only mirror hotspots). I don't know enough about the BT
> protocol to know if this is feasible or not, but it does at least sound
> interesting :-)

The Azureus Java client does this, so yes, it is possible.  How bad this
interacts with the scatter-gatter logic of BT, I don't know.  But the
.torrent files would be huge, and they would need to be updated daily,
which would break all torrents.  So, it is useless for unstable.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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