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Bug#233393: marked as done (Inefficient packaging of arch independent data in package libgcj4)

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Subject: Inefficient packaging of arch independent data in package libgcj4
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From: Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com>
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Package: libgcj4
Version: various
Severity: normal

This is a semi-automated bug report based on scanning the contents of
binary .deb files in the unstable Debian archive.

The libgcj4 packages seem to contain a very large amount of
architecture-independent data in architecture-dependent packages,
specifically data installed under /usr/share. This is wasteful of
mirror space and bandwidth, as we then end up with multiple copies of
this data, one for each architecture. Initial estimates suggest that
several gigabytes of Debian archive space may currently be wasted
because of packages like this.

The way to fix this depends on the layout of your package:

  * Some packages need to have a -common or -doc package split out to
    contain this common data, and the existing packages that need this
    data should then be altered to depend on the new -common or -doc

  * This package may already be such a -common or -doc package, in
    which case it probably should already be marked as Architecture:
    all in your debian/control file rather than Architecture: any .

  * Maybe the files under /usr/share do not belong there - several
    packages seem to contain data in /usr/share that is definitely
    architecture-dependent. In this case, please move the files into
    the right place.

Policy is quite clear on this point:


The usage of these packages is currently:
 debsize pkgsize /usr/share %  filename
 3772818  11712        4388 37 pool/main/g/gcc-3.3/libgcj4_3.3.3-0pre3_arm.deb
 4665592  19776        4388 22 pool/main/g/gcc-3.3/libgcj4_3.3.3-0pre3_ia64.deb
 4061992  12180        4388 36 pool/main/g/gcc-3.3/libgcj4_3.3.3-0pre3_m68k.deb
 4399840  13452        4388 32 pool/main/g/gcc-3.3/libgcj4_3.3.3-0pre3_s390.deb
 4032628  12940        4388 33 pool/main/g/gcc-3.3/libgcj4_3.3.3-0pre3_sparc.deb
 4295746  17204        4388 25 pool/main/g/gcc-3.3/libgcj4_3.3.3-0pre4_alpha.deb
 3979320  12480        4388 35 pool/main/g/gcc-3.3/libgcj4_3.3.3-0pre4_i386.deb
 4133892  13248        4388 33 pool/main/g/gcc-3.3/libgcj4_3.3.3-0pre4_powerpc.deb

Please split this package appropriately. If you believe your package
is already split reasonably, then sorry for bothering you. If you wish
to discuss this further, please feel free to reply to this bug. If you
agree that there's a problem here but need help to fix it: again, feel
free to ask...

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

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According to upstream (Michael Koch?) some byte compiled classes are
OS dependent (not necessarily architecture dependent).

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