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Re: Bug#32595: remove obsolete and confusing acquisition methods: harddisk, mounted, cdrom, nfs

On Sun, Jan 31, 1999 at 03:00:01AM +1100, Martin Mitchell wrote:
> Jules Bean <jmlb2@hermes.cam.ac.uk> writes:
> > Would you outline the ways in which apt is not adequate to your needs, and
> > these packages are?
> 1) A m68k computer with a 60Mb debian installation. Normally I use the nfs
> method. Apt is just not feasible, it wants to copy everything over before
> it starts - there simply isn't space on the disk to do this.

I use apt's file: method on an NFS mounted mirror, and it doesn't copy
anything before installing, it just reads the packages directly as if
they were on the local disk (heck, that's what NFS is for, isn't it?).
Using autofs I don't even have to remember mounting the mirror before
using dselect.

>                                                              Also the
> runtime cost of starting dpkg on m68k is very high, so dselect is often
> much faster, rather than apt's invoking dpkg separately for many packages.
> (I am aware apt is more correct, however in practice so many invocations
> of dpkg are rarely necessary)
> 2) A local mirror, hand constructed. No extra or useless packages in there.
> Apt doesn't construct or handle this type of arrangement well by default.
> The mounted method deals with this just fine.

To use your local mirror with apt you just need to build a Packages file
(using dpkg-scanpackages).

Enrique Zanardi					   ezanardi@ull.es

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