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Re: Cross-directory hard links in Debian packages

On Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:16:19AM +0100, Helmut Grohne wrote:
> For instance the publican package saved 3/4 of its binary package
> size. If this were a problem, then maybe we should have seen a bug
> report.

I'm not sure that making a general rule based on an edge-case is a
good idea.  Publican is not very popular at all, it's quite likely
that none of the 70 or so people who have installed it have done
anything unusual with mounts around /usr.

Looking at publican a number of questions occur to me

 * why hardlink all of the contents of
   together rather than symlink them to some common directory like
   /usr/share/publican/Common_Content? Is it because there might be
   additions or omissions across locales?

   * Can/should that not be handled within the tool itself (implement
     a multi-directory lookup process)

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