splitting up distro packages (was: KDE 4 modules structure (again))

Oswald Buddenhagen ossi at kde.org
Sun Mar 14 18:25:28 GMT 2004

On Sun, Mar 14, 2004 at 07:09:23PM +0100, Dominique Devriese wrote:
> 4 There are no downsides, if you provide proper metapackages.
while i generally agree to the split-it-up!-attitude, this statement is
simply wrong ...
- more packages mean more administrative information; the package
  manager's memory consumption and cpu power requirements grow. and dpkg
  with its plain text control files is especially slow.
- many packages are always a problem if you cannot resort to automatic
  dependency tracking & downloading - for example when you want to
  install a single up-to-date program on an off-line machine.


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