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Re: Packages file missing from unstable archive

On Wed, 26 Oct 2005 19:12:30 +0200
Kurt Roeckx <kurt@roeckx.be> wrote:

> > If the .deb files were compressed using the gzip "--rsyncable"
> > option, then fetching them with zsync (or rsync) would be
> > considerably more efficient than straight HTTP transfers.
> No it wouldn't.  Remember that .deb files are never supposed to
> change.  For other files like Packages and Sources this might
> work indeed.

zsync has an option ("-i") to specify a local file with another
name to be used as a reference for the difference algorithm. In the
case of apt-get, or especially apt-proxy, where you have previous
versions of the package lying around, with similar filenames, this is
obviously the way zsync would be used.

Returning to the original question: Does anybody know why the
uncompressed "Packages" file has disappeared from the "unstable"

Can it either be replaced, or alternatively, can the "Packages.gz" file
be compressed using the "--rsyncable" option, so that rsync can again
be used for updating the packages list?

-- Ian Bruce

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