[Mageia-dev] noarch vs. arch

Florian Hubold doktor5000 at arcor.de
Sat Sep 3 09:49:50 CEST 2011

Am 03.09.2011 09:22, schrieb Maarten Vanraes:
> Op zaterdag 03 september 2011 01:50:08 schreef Florian Hubold:
>> Am 02.09.2011 20:15, schrieb Maarten Vanraes:
>>> Op vrijdag 02 september 2011 16:50:00 schreef Thierry Vignaud:
>>>> On 2 September 2011 14:06, Michael Scherer<misc at zarb.org>   wrote:
>>>>> It would help would be by having smaller hdlists, but I am not sure it
>>>>> would really help mirror so much. ( ie, I would not say "lots of space"
>>>>> even if that still a saving )
>>>> Actualy hdlist are pretty much unused these days.
>>>> urpmi (and thus the installer) doesn't use them any longer for quite a
>>>> few years already (at least since 2007 or 2008).
>>>> At that time, we only kept those big babies for:
>>>> - users adding media from older distro for live upgrading but:
>>>>     1) all mdv distros since 4 years handle that
>>>>     2) we don't support upgrading from anything<2010
>>>> - some test tools (don't remember which one) that nobody use still parse
>>>> them
>>>> That's why network BW usage by urpmi is small for checking media
>>>> (checking if MD5SUM still matches then download small synthesis if
>>>> needed) That doesn't change the amount of RAM and the CPU time needed
>>>> to parse&   compute updates but thats' another story...
>>>> We could try to disable hdlists from cauldron mirrors and see who's
>>>> crying (I guess nobody will)
>>> isn't hdlists still necessary for urpmf and urmq ? (I don't know, i'm
>>> just asking)
>> Well, then they obviously wouldn't work anymore, since by default only
>> synthesis are used :)
> so even the synthesis files are too big? i mean, if you're in rpmdrake, and you
> click on a package, it seems to fetch more details. is that from synthesis
> files? because it takes quite some time to fetch it...
Not too big, but it also takes a while to download/process these.
Just take a look at the /media_info directory in any repository.
Besides the synthesis.hdlist there are additional files with the metainfo
about files, changelog, and info.

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