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Re: Bug#168710: apt: Download time for apt-get update is based on current file only

On Thu, 14 Nov 2002, Thomas Koenig wrote:

> This turns out not to be the case.  Rather, apt checks the
> sizes binary Packages files, downloads the Packages files, and
> then checks the sizes of the binary Packages files.  During
> download of the binary Packages files, the size of the source
> Packages is estimated to be zero.

For FTP SIZE commands are issued immediately before a GET and that
size is then reflected in the progress meter. Until a file has been sized
it's length is considered to be 0.

For HTTP it is simply impossible, the size comes back with the GET
request, and HEAD requests are never used.

Files are never sized until they are actually about to be downloaded,
which is why the meter is always a little funny. This is never going to

The new release files do contain enough information to update the size
estimates fairly early on, but nobody has implemented that.


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