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Bug#60810: contents.gz package

On Sat, Jan 15, 2005 at 07:12:05AM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Justin Pryzby <justinpryzby@users.sourceforge.net> writes:
> > Could we have a package which provides /usr/share/.../Contents.gz?
> > Not sure that share/ is the right place.  And as Matt said, versioning
> > is a potential problem.  But lintian (and others: apt-file) could
> > depend on this package (say, debian-dist-contents).
> >
> > Justin
> First of all how do you plan to update the testing package every day?
That would be ideal..

> They should reflect the testing Contents, right?
Contents of whatever is installed, preferably.

> You also have to release a new version every day. That is an 8MB deb
> per arch and a source containing all 13 archs. That is 208MB updates
> per day and suite. ~400MB for testing and unstable every day.
Are architectures Contents ever significantly different?

> Still way way to much data on a daily basis.
Hadn't thought of that.

> I think the only sensible and simple thing to do is to provide a zsync
> file for the Contents files (zsync can 'look into' gz to rsync just
> the changes). Then every user can use a cron job to zsync the file to
> his system on a daily, weekly, monthly, whatever basis. zsync uses the
> http protocol so any http mirror carrying the Contents files will do
> as source.
So maybe an debian-contents-updater package.  It contains some cronjob
entry, maybe a debconf question, or it uses /etc/defaults/.  Yes, that
would work nicely, I think.


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