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Re: Reasonable maximum package size ?

On Tue, Jun 05, 2007 at 11:31:37AM +0200, Pierre Habouzit wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 05, 2007 at 10:27:26AM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
> > 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.
>   Honnestly, no, this is not true anymore nowadays. With a 500Gb sata
> hard drive, you're able to have a full debian mirror (all archs). Such a
> disk is around 100€ nowadays.

... but it will break down in three months with the typical usage
pattern of a public Debian mirror.

A typical 300GB server-class hotpluggable SATA or SAS disk is quite a
bit more expensive than a typical desktop-class 500GB hard disk, and for
a RAID setup that will actually survive the breakdown of a number of
moving parts parts, you'll need at least four or five of them.

Disk space is *not* cheap, and using it as an argument to add more
packages to the archive is stupid.

Additionally, network bandwidth isn't cheap, either, and the update of a
number of 400MB packages might disrupt the (twice-daily) mirror pulse.

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