Re: -dbg packages; are they actually useful?
On Tue, Mar 03, 2009 at 10:12:22PM +0000, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> I'm looking at my local mirror (slowly) update at the moment, and I've
> got to wondering: are the large -dbg packages actually really useful
> to anybody? I can't imagine that more than a handful of users ever
> install (to pick an example) the amarok-dbg packages, but we have
> multiple copies of a 70MB-plus .deb taking up mirror space and
> bandwidth. I can understand this for library packages, maybe, but for
I was glad to have them available for e.g. tracking down some nasty
xulrunner bugs on non-x86 -- and I guess xulrunner only counts half as
library. Same for liferea, webkit (a library, okay: :) and some webkit
browsers (midori comes to my mind).
Just an idea coming to my mind: What if they are available from their
own APT repository which doesn't need to be mirrored everywhere?
Somehow in a similar way as the CD images are distributed separately.
Ok, the CD images are no APT repository and splitting off the -dbg
packages to a separate repository would mean that what is built from
one source package would have to be split up (probably after upload)
and put into different APT repositories.
Axel Beckert - firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com - http://noone.org/abe/