[maemo-developers] Extras-devel repository index out of control?

From: Niels Breet niels at maemo.org
Date: Fri Jan 15 12:20:59 EET 2010
> Hi,
> even I have noticed now that apt uses a lot more space than it used to.
> One reason is that the package index files in the repository contain
> entries for multiple versions of a package.  This increases the size of
> what apt has to download, process, and store significantly, and for no
> real benefit.
> I don't know if there is a mechanism in place to control this growth,
> but there should be.

That is on the agenda for this Sprint or the next. But it is something we
will address.

Server move had priority over improvements.

> I think it would be fine to retain only the most recent version for each
> package in extras-devel.  We can still keep older versions in the pool, and
> we can even make a extras-history repository that indexes all these old
> versions.  But for extras-devel itself, I think having only one version is
> best.
If there are no dependencies on older versions, yes.

But we must also not forget that extras-devel is really not for end-users,
so this should not affect a lot of people.

Niels Breet
maemo.org webmaster

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