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Re: RFS: genwebgallery

On Fri, 4 Jul 2008, Patrick Schoenfeld wrote:


On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 07:29:49PM +0200, markus schnalke wrote:
But back to `genwebgallery':

I think packages should be like programs according to the Unix
- small and simple
- do one thing well

I would usually agree with you, but only to some extent.
After all each package has a given overhead, needs mirror space and
bandwith. If you package is only a 200 lines shell script its just
questionable if the ratio program ./ additional needed space for the
packaging is okay. Also consider that my argumentation is not that your
utility isn't worth to be included into Debian. My argumentation is,
that it would be good to add it to another package, which includes
similar tools. This way the general overhead is reduced, mirror space
isn't excessive used and the user who would otherwise install both tools
(which is very likeley if tools are similar) would save some wasted
space, too.

Honestly, disks are cheap, and buildds don't spend a lot of time on shell script packages since they don't need to be built. 5 kilobytes for a .deb file and its source packaging is not a great burden to ask of the mirror operators. (And five kilobytes is a generous estimate.)

Is this a real issue?

I don't mean to flame, but to understand and create a coherent perspective. (-:

-- Asheesh.

I am having FUN...  I wonder if it's NET FUN or GROSS FUN?

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