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Bug#508239: apt: method to prefer Packages over Packages.gz over Packages.bz2

Paul Wise wrote:
> Package: apt
> Version: 0.7.18
> Severity: wishlist
> I'm running Debian on my OpenMoko FreeRunner. Since this is a slowish
> ARM machine with limited RAM, I'd like to tell apt to use the
> Packages.gz files instead of the Packages.bz2 files to speed up the
> update process. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any way to
> achieve this at the moment (based on apt.conf(5) and configure-index.gz)
> If there is a method of doing this already, please document it in
> configure-index.gz and let me know what it is.
Hello. There is no such method in the moment. Maybe fortunately, since 0.7.17
apt also looks for plain Packages where there is no Packages.gz or
Packages.bz2, so if you can somehow block these files to be downloaded
(generate 404), your goal would be achieved for now.

In general, yes, it would be good to add some configuration to control this.

Eugene V. Lyubimkin aka JackYF, JID: jackyf.devel(maildog)gmail.com
Ukrainian C++ Developer, Debian APT contributor

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