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Re: Please test gzip -9n - related to dpkg with multiarch support

On Wed, Feb 08, 2012 at 05:56:11PM +0100, Guillem Jover wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-02-08 at 17:29:22 +0100, Mike Hommey wrote:
> > If you remove the shared files approach, how do you handle files like
> > lintian overrides, reportbug presubj and scripts, etc. ?
> The same principle that applies to all dpkg output to avoid ambiguity
> would apply everywhere, whenever there's a “Multi-Arch: same” package
> name that needs to be unambiguous, it just always gets arch-qualified.
> The rest would stay as they are.

That is a major waste of space of having multiple copies of identical files
with different arch-qualified names. Is that really better architecture to
have multiple copies of identical files on user systems?

> So, at least for lintian and reportbug, given that these file/dir names
> are package name based they would just get arch-qualified when needed.

Another major frustration your no-shared-files proposal adds, is the need
to split the M-A: same libfoo-dev packages to libfoo-dev-common in order to
avoid overwriting /usr/include contents and /usr/bin/foo-config binaries. Our
packages are already heavily split slowing down Packages.gz downloads and
all other apt operations.


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