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Re: A more efficient up2date service using binary diffs

From what I can tell nobody is interested in implementing a rpm.diff system right now (please correct me if I am wrong).

One of the problems raised in earlier threads is that the RPMs need to be available on the updating computer to apply the patches to.

It is feasible -- if such a system can be demonstrated to work -- to have the option at install time to keep the RPMs of installed packages on disk? Sure, there is a disk space penalty -- but for a dialup user the bandwidth savings would make up for that. Even with my 512Kbps DSL line I find the OpenOffice upgrades burdensome.

Also having the signed RPMs on disk may have other uses: eg verify the integrity of an installation (compare files with those in the RPM). Fix/refresh installation.. etc.


On 03 Mar 2005 16:33:56 -0300, Alexandre Oliva <aoliva redhat com> wrote: > On Mar 3, 2005, Joe Desbonnet <joe galway net> wrote: > > > Has anyone thought about improving the up2date service by offering > > diff files in addition to the .rpm files? > > Yup, see mail thread in this very last by the end of January last > year, and many others :-) > > -- > Alexandre Oliva http://www.ic.unicamp.br/~oliva/ > Red Hat Compiler Engineer aoliva {redhat com, gcc.gnu.org} > Free Software Evangelist oliva {lsd ic unicamp br, gnu.org} >

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