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Re: Separating packages.

On Tue, Apr 06, 2004 at 11:29:54AM +0300, Fabian Fagerholm wrote:

> Of course, with the current version of dpkg, your point is very good and
> entirely valid.
> Thinking ahead, wouldn't it be a good idea to fix dpkg and the package
> list to support a larger number of packages?

The problem with the package list is simply that it is too large.  This is a
problem for low-bandwidth users and users with small amounts of memory, for

It also makes package management UIs harder to navigate, produces additional
work for tools which must process each binary package, makes package
searches less likely to find the right thing...

> The number of packages in Debian has been constantly growing, and if I'm
> not mistaken, a release of sarge would include somewhere between 10000 and
> 15000 packages. A presumptive sarge+1 could very well have much more than
> 15000 packages.

Yes, we have more than enough growth from adding new software; there is no
need to compound the problem with unnecessary splits.

 - mdz

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