Bryan Quigley gquigs at
Sun Jan 13 01:45:27 UTC 2008

I believe the best solution to these problems is the use of debtorrent (
Which is currently in hardy (although might not actually fully work yet).
Both solutions mentioned can be implemented eventually through the use of

I don't believe either is implemented yet:
Torrents check files in pieces so if some of the pieces have not changed
they won't need to be redownloaded.
Some torrent programs are currently trying to find local network hosts
first, before getting files from outside.

In my opinion it makes more sense to let the protocol worry about these
things then include them in apt.

On Jan 12, 2008 6:16 PM, Aaron Whitehouse <lists at> wrote:

> On 13/01/2008, Evan <eapache at> wrote:
> > Any change in this area is far too complex for a LTS, however for 8.10we
> > have the opportunity to be innovative and create a new patching system
> > better than that being used by the competition:
> An interesting discussion of these kinds of changes can be found here:
> (the "summary" section contains links
> to other patching ideas and outlines problems with taking a patch
> approach)
> And somebody has made the delta suggestion here:
> For me (with several Ubuntu machines on the same network), the work
> being undertaken under this head -
> - would have a
> bigger impact on my bandwidth.
> Aaron
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