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Re: Debug packages cluttering the archive

Steinar H. Gunderson wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 06, 2005 at 08:52:28AM -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
> > My feeling for some time has been that we should introduce a separate
> > section in the archive, or a separate archive and come up with the
> > infrastructure to upload -dbg packages to there, with separated
> > debugging symbols in them (see dh_strip). This could be done for nearly
> > all binary packages, not just libraries. Then people who want all the
> > -dbg packages available can just add an apt line and install them at
> > will.
> We'll have to do a load of changes to the library packages when we introduce
> multiarch in etch anyhow; can't we do this at the same time? (Ie.: "New
> policy says you must follow multiarch, and make -dbg packages in
> libdevel-dbg"). I fail to see the big point of -dbg for non-libraries,
> though.

It would be nice to have, especially for debugging huge packages on
slow architectures, where a debug build takes a while.

> Archive bloat is still a problem, though.

Not if mirror admins can select if they want to mirror -dbg.
This means: -dbg must be a separate archive.


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