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Re: Reasonable maximum package size ?


On Tue, Jun 05, 2007 at 10:27:26AM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> On Jun 05, Michael Hanke <michael.hanke@gmail.com> wrote:

> >  - much easier to handle for users (thinking of offline machines)
> I could not care less, since the number of users affected is with very
> good approximation zero.

> >  - if upstream goes offline, the relevant software package in the archive are
> >    basically useless as the required datasets are not distributed anymore
> Create your own distribution site if you really believe this to be a
> problem.
I believe this is a valid problem. I think that is exactly the reason why
the Debian archive also provides the sources of each package
(orig.tar.gz) and does not simply point to the upstream sites while
keeping only the diffs in the archive.

> >  - diskspace is rather cheap and bandwith should be no problem as the
> >    number of downloads will remain relatively low.
> Diskspace *is* a problem for mirrors, as is bandwidth in many countries.

> Also, you should think about this issue not just in the context of the
> single package you are interested in but as a general policy.
I was hoping to give that impression...



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