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Re: Packages file missing from unstable archive

Kurt Roeckx <kurt@roeckx.be> writes:

> On Wed, Oct 26, 2005 at 05:11:00AM -0700, Ian Bruce 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.
> Kurt

Two things to note:

1) the apt cache (or local mirror) can contain the previous version of
a deb and that can be used as template to zsync the new package.

2) Packages files now have the new diff files that consist of ed
scripts which are even smaller than rsync/zsync would achieve.


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