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Re: Let's shrink Packages.xz

On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:50 AM, Ian Jackson
<ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:

>> Reducing the size of Packages.xz by 11% or 22% would leave room for quite
>> a lot of small packages while not making the problem any worse than it is
>> today.
> But the problem with lots of small packages is not that the
> Packages.xz has too many bytes.
> It's that the packaging tools, UIs (for users and developers), and
> humans, need to think about too many packages.
> This makes packaging tools slow, UIs cluttered, and humans confused.

What is "too many" packages?

It seems that the UI would need to be able to handle an arbitrary
number of packages. There have been many thousands of packages since


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