Results of the App Installer Meeting

seth vidal skvidal at
Thu Jan 27 07:09:38 PST 2011

On Thu, 2011-01-27 at 15:36 +0100, Samuel Verschelde wrote:
> Le jeudi 27 janvier 2011 15:30:31, Richard Hughes a écrit :
> > On 27 January 2011 13:53, Samuel Verschelde <stormi at> wrote:
> > > Another way to do it without making the xml file grow too much would be
> > > to have one xml file containing only package descriptions per language.
> > > It uses some space on mirrors, but not that much (especially because the
> > > number of applications is really smaller than the number of packages).
> > 
> > I thought we agreed it would be better to have all the languages in
> > one file, rather than having 130 files all with a few k of text
> > inside? Lots of tiny files really hurts read and write performance.
> > (130*number of repos installed = thousands)
> > 
> Another thing to keep in mind is that users usually use only 2 languages on 
> their computers : their mothertongue and english when there's nothing better 
> available.
> So having lots of files may be a pain for repository managers, but not on 
> client side where only 2 files will be downloaded usually (the common xml file + 
> his languages descriptions), if we adopt such an approach.

1. inodes are not much of an issue for mirrors anymore

2. downloading lots of smaller files is improved if you're using
keepalives. A lot of mirrors honor them, not all. ftp is.... 'odd' in
many cases with trying to hold the connection open. It's one of the many
reasons I don't like using ftp for mirrors.


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