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Re: Bug#754551: ITP: node-ms -- milliseconds conversion utility

kapouer@melix.org wrote:
>Le samedi 12 juillet 2014 à 12:03 +0100, Steve McIntyre a écrit :
>> Right. Did you discuss that with ftpmaster or anybody else outside of
>> the javascript team? There's typically been a consensus against very
>> small packages containing just a single script or piece of code so
>> small that the packaging metadata is going to be as big as (or bigger
>> than!) the package contents. The packaging overhead hits every single
>> user of Debian...
>Can you give reference(s) to that consensus ?

Not off the top of my head, but it's come up a number of times in the
last few years if you want to dig in the archives.

>Can you be more specific about the way small packages "hit" users ?
>(numbers, please).

Every single user ends up downloading, storing and processing a larger
amount of metadata in the Packages files. That's an issue. Storage
might be cheap for most people, but not for everybody. Extra bandwidth
to transfer the extra: ditto. And the extra processing needed on every
invocation of apt and dpkg and the other tools slows everything down.

All of these arguments have been made before - see previous threads.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
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