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Re: randomplay: command-line shuffle music player

On Mon, Sep 08, 2003 at 11:49:57AM -0500, John Buttery wrote:
> * Brian Nelson <pyro@debian.org> [2003-09-08 07:19:08 -0700]:
> > That is certainly not all that matters.  If every script anyone tried
> > to write was included in Debian, Debian would collapse under its own
> > weight.

>   How?  I mean, as long as the package was maintained.  Although, if
> you're talking about bandwidth and disk space expenses to the mirror
> sponsors, then you do have a point there.  The phrase "collapse under
> its own weight" suggests to me, though, that you're talking about
> something else, ie something about coordinating things regardless of
> data storage logistics.  I guess I'm not really an expert on how the
> "Debian machine" ticks internally, but it seems like whatever system has
> already scaled to 8-9000 packages should scale the same way up to 30K or
> 40K packages?

The work involved in release management, QA, and security increases with
the number of packages in the archive; whereas the number of people
*doing* this work does not.  Such tasks are also inherently less
parallelizable due to the increased coordination required.  While Debian
isn't exactly collapsing yet, it is important to pay attention to the
growth of the distribution.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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