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Re: How Debian Deals with Data

On Fri, 2011-07-15 at 22:32 +0000, The Fungi wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 11:20:09PM +0100, Christopher Baines wrote:
> [...]
> > Any thoughts, or have I found a non-existent problem?
> A very-existent problem (the scientific package maintainers deal
> with this at least as much as the games package maintainers from
> what I gather). It's come up a lot over the years, but the most
> recent productive thread I remember was this one about a
> data.debian.org archive proposal for extremely large,
> architecture-independent data packages:
>    http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2010/09/msg00692.html
> I'm not sure what became of that, but I'm curious to find out since
> I'll be staring down the barrel of a similar problem soon enough.

A specific package repository for data packages would help the
situation, but its not very flexible? Most of this data is already
available on the internet, why not allow the user to either fetch it
from there, or from other installation media they might have?


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