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Re: does aptitude really need to lock the status database when downloading?

On Fri, 2011-02-04 at 03:10 +0300, Stanislav Maslovski wrote:
> Hi debian-devel,
> I wanted to ask this for quite a long time: Does aptitude (I think
> apt-get does the same) really have to lock "the status database area"
> when _downloading_ packages?
> For example, I am running an update on a slow connection and want to
> uninstall or install with dpkg a few packages while the others are
> being downloaded. Should not this be possible? I understand that there
> can be a situation that a dependency could be affected by such an
> action, but is not it easy to check for this right before unpacking?
> -- 
> Stanislav

There is a blueprint in ubuntu aimed for natty concerning this feature:
>support downloading in parallel while upgrading the chunks: TODO


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