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Re: Package distribution, a concept for a modern package distribution

Anthony DeRobertis <anthony@derobert.net> writes:

> Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
>> For some time now (as in around a year) you can update your Packages
>> files by downloading only the differences (ed script format diff) to
>> your local file. Using that daily updates go down from the full 3+MB
>> (2+Mb with bz2 now) to ~10K per day.
> Really? I don't see it documented in, e.g. the sources.list manpage.
> Google finds only an open bug requesting the feature. Nor do I find any
> diffs at, e.g.,
> http://http.us.debian.org/debian/dists/testing/main/binary-i386/

The method isn't integrated into the DAK nor into apt.

You can download the scripts to update Packages per diff from


The ed scripts itself are provided by Andreas Barth currently on
(defined in apt-qupdate)



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