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Re: Extended descriptions size (was Re: RFC: Better formatting for long descriptions)

On Sat, 21 Mar 2009 12:28:36 +0900
Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 8:15 AM, Filipus Klutiero <chealer@gmail.com> wrote:
> > The extended description needs to be available to APT, not only via
> > packages.d.o.
> I agree with Neil William's comment in the other thread about removing
> long descriptions from the Packages files. I think the obvious place
> to put them is in dists/unstable/main/i18n/Translations-en (or C) like
> the descriptions from DDTP.

Now that's a good idea - thanks Paul. That way, the long descriptions
can be moved aside without needing changes by lots of maintainers and
other formatting changes like the original thread can proceed

It's another instance of duplication - why retain the long description
in the Packages file while a translated version also exists from DDTP?
Probably better for the description to be removed from the Packages
file completely and the DDTP one contains the translated version and
English ones for those with missing or outdated translations. That way,
apt spends less time parsing the (smaller) Packages file when doing
ordinary stuff like package installation and only needs to look at the
DDTP information when specifically called as 'apt-cache search'.

CC:'ing debian-i18n to see if there are problems with this approach.


Neil Williams

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