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Re: Reasonable maximum package size ?

Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org> wrote:

> Obviously, this strongly increases the size that would be taken on the
> mirrors. Also, in the (mid-term) future, Debian can have many more
> mainstream tools, and I am quite sure that they do not all use the same
> format. So there is the risk of a package proliferation in addition to
> the inflation of disk space.
> Maybe a solution to this would be to rely on dpkg triggers (when
> implemented) so that adding new databases would install only requested
> things according to the available tools, and adding new tools would
> trigger the reformatting of databases if necessary ?

That sounds like the way to go, but you don't need to wait for triggers
for that.  You could as well implement an interface which is directly
called from all postinst scripts (a la update-menus which is called by
each package providing a menu entry, and by each package which provides
a menu).

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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