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Re: pkg_add and remote packages

On Fri, 4 Apr 2008, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:

> Yes, but it is a separate problem. At least Hubert complained about
> forcing a 1 MB download before installing any packages.

Do like Debian:

"apt-get update" downloads the Available database(s)

Then "apt-get install" uses that previously downloaded database.

Admin choose when to "update" the list of available packages.

Versus the default YUM behaviour which downloads -- as needed -- each time 
it is used. Note YUM uses individual spec files for each package -- so 
many, many small files (where Debian uses a single large file).

For my extremely simple tool (in pkgsrc-wip) which I use on most of NetBSD 
systems to quickly install packages, I usually just reuse the previously 
downloaded (and uncompressed) pkg-summary when I need to install. (I can 
use it to download a newer pkg-summary.gz also.)

  Jeremy C. Reed

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