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Re: Bug#703366: RFH: apt-file -- search for files within Debian packages (command-line interface)

On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM, Stefan Fritsch <sf@sfritsch.de> wrote:
> The largest task as I see it would be to better integrate some or all of
> the transport mechanisms, so that apt-file can behave properly for
> different kinds of errors, report up-to-date-ness, etc.  Also better
> download progress reporting and bandwith limiting would be nice.  Of
> course, there are many other possible improvements that no one had time
> to implement, see the open wishlist bugs.

I would like to take the opportunity to invite anyone interested to join
deity@lists.debian.org (cc'ed) and discuss if and how we could work
on integrating apt-file more closely with other apt-* tools.

I (and I guess many other users) would be pleased if we could reach a
point in which "apt-get update" (or its countless alternative ways) would
update indeed all data I requested to be downloaded as a user rather than
remembering to run also "apt-file update" (and "debtags update" and and and).

Beside pleasing user it might also free some resources on the code front
as APT already does progress reporting, bandwidth limiting and security,
even though I am certain we can improve all these further.

The deeper layers of APT we would need to touch for this are written in C++
and help in that area is certainly welcomed, but would be independent from
apt-file as a consumer of the files on disk, so I see no need of rewriting
apt-file to $whatever language if that is a concern for you.

Best regards

David Kalnischkies

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