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Re: yum update sorts by file size before downloading

Don Russell wrote:
On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 2:19 PM, Don Russell <fedora drussell dnsalias com <mailto:fedora drussell dnsalias com>> wrote:

    The last few times I've used "yum update", I noticed the files are
    downloaded in order, smallest first.

    Is that deliberate, or just a coincidence?

    If it is deliberate, I'd like to suggest sorting in the other
    direction so largest is downloaded first.

    That way, while I'm waiting for it, I can always tell that the
    "next" file will be the same size or smaller than the one just
    completed, so I can better estimate how long it will be.

    Also, perception-wise, it gives the *appearance* that the process is
    speeding up instead of slowing down. :-)

    And, after all down loads are complete... a little summary of the
    average transfer rate would be nice.

    I like the new "scale" showing total % and individual file %...

I filed a bug/enhancement, which was closed as "won't fix"
Ref: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=451047

I guess the explanation there confirms "I'm not normal". :-)

My guess would be that a bunch of people would start trying to download the largest files causing the most contention for the longest time, whereas the smaller files copy quickly helping to spread out the demand across various files. Not sure it that helps or hurts disk caches at the other end. B^)

Why can't they make it configurable now that they've bothered to add it at all? Then they can default it to the current state....

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