Packaging improvements

John C. McCabe-Dansted gmatht at
Wed Jan 18 01:43:35 GMT 2006

On Wednesday 18 January 2006 03:30, MadMan2k wrote:
> up to now I've seen the following:
> - better package compression (7zip?)
> - delta debs
> - auto dependency removement
> now I'd like to add
> - customizable meta packages

I'd also like to also add
-  removing the big dpkg lock.

I find it a little annoying that I cannot run apt-get while I have adept open, 
however I really hated it when I was on dailup. Not being able to access the 
database for ~hour while a set of packages downloaded meant that I was 
tempted to bypass apt-get and just download the debs like I was used to on 

Also with 7zma/bzip2 compression applying deb-diffs could take a while. This 
probably wouldn't matter, if it were not the case that everything remotely 
related to dpkg takes out an exclusive lock on the dpkg database.

John C. McCabe-Dansted
Masters Student

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