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Re: [devel-ref] author/homepage in description

On Mon, Dec 16, 2002 at 12:12:08PM +0100, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Previously Adam DiCarlo wrote:
> > Well, before I venture on this, is there a way we can store certain
> > data in control.tar.gz or something but without bloating the Packages
> > file?
> No.

Well, why not? All it would take would be for
apt-ftparchive/dpkg-scanpackages to not copy the relevant fields into
the Packages file; would this break anything? (and if so, can we fix

Of course, this approach is only interesting for data that isn't
needed frequently in advance. On a related note, since control.tar.gz
is packed into the ar archive before data.tar.gz, a sufficiently
intelligent http client can acquire just that portion of the package
on demand.

[Note, I'm not convinced that this is a useful thing to do, just
wondering whether it is possible]

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