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Re: dpkg/apt cache descriptions

On Sat, Sep 15, 2007 at 02:28:38PM +0100, Neil Williams wrote:
> Just wondering aloud. Should it become possible to do this via dpkg (or
> by adjusting emdebian-tools), I was wondering what people think:
> Remove (or reduce to a single line) the long description of every
> Emdebian package during the build so that the Packages.gz file to
> download to the device is *much* smaller than a normal Debian one *and*
> the processing of the dpkg database and apt-cache would be dramatically
> improved on devices with smaller amounts of RAM.
> It's not a question for now (we don't have enough packages) but is it
> worth investigating for the future?

    grep -v '^ ' /var/lib/dpkg/available
(i.e., leaving just the short description) reduced the file from 21M
to 14M on my system.

Eric Cooper             e c c @ c m u . e d u

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