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

On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 4:58 PM, Neil Williams <codehelp@debian.org> wrote:

> 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 English ones for those with missing or outdated translations.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'.

One issue is that many people will have disabled downloading
translations so they'll need to change their configuration from none
to en:

APT::Acquire::Translation "none";

Since en will now be a "Translation", perhaps a different config item
is more appropriate:

APT::Acquire::Description "en";



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