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Re: Please raise your opinion to package size and the given options to restrict it (Was: Bug#833388: ITP: metaphlan2 -- Metagenomic Phylogenetic Analysis)

On Thu, Aug 04, 2016 at 09:30:19AM +0200, Andreas Tille wrote:
> my remarks about the size of this package and the explicite request to
> discuss it here might have been remain unseen at the end of this ITP so
> I'm hereby making some more noise.
thanks for that!

> >   2) When unpackaging the orig.tar.gz translating binary data to
> >      text format and recompress using xz the tarball is "only" 265MB.
> >      The transformation process takes about 30min on my Laptop - not
> >      longer than any larger project might need to build but the
> >      resulting binary package would have again close to 1GB.
> >      2b) Do the conversion of the format in postinst at the expense
> >          of users time which is acceptable since the package usually
> >          unpacks on high performance machines and not so many
> >          installations which means bandwidth and disk space on Debian
> >          mirrors should be saved here instead of users machine
> > 
> >          Source tarball 256MB + binary package ~250MB (estimated)

this seems the most reasonable option to me.


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