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skipping bioinformatics on some architectures ? (was Re: Propose Release Goals (delayed ;) - xz compression)

Le Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 11:31:23AM +0000, Thorsten Glaser a écrit :
> It’s actually apt/dpkg that takes that much memory because,
> you know, a database listing >30000 binary packages in sid *does* take
> quite some RAM. We have the same problem on m68k, but you can’t do much
> against that (except, possibly, use a more memory-efficient internal
> representation in those tools).

Hi Thorsten,

that seems to argue for reducing the list of packages in m68k or other ports.
Some programs are obviously useless on low-power platforms, for instance, most
of the packages with the Field::Biology tag.  If you are interested I would be
willing to inspect the corner cases (such as mencal ?), in order to devise a
better filter for listing the packages related to biology and bioinformatics to
skip on m68k, and other low-power architectures if their porters are intersted.


Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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