remove i386 from foreign arch on server install?

Iain Lane laney at
Fri Feb 14 09:15:50 UTC 2014

On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 12:42:09AM -0500, Scott Moser wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Feb 2014, Scott Ritchie wrote:
> […] 
> I personally think its an extremely high cost bandwidth cost spread across
> Canonical, other mirror providers and the end user to account for a very
> rare case where someone would want to do this.
> That fresh install I just did, when I type 'apt-get update' (after rm -Rf
> /var/lib/dpkg/lists), apt tells me:
> with i386 enabled:
>   Fetched 27.6 MB in 16s (1,655 kB/s)
>   du /var/lib/apt/lists: 133M
> without i386 enabled:
>   Fetched 20.2 MB in 11s (1,687 kB/s)
>   du /var/lib/apt/lists: 94M
> So 40M of space and 7M of network traffic and 5 seconds of time (having
> hit a local proxy).

This analysis is misleading, because the release pocket (the big one)
doesn't change for stable releases. Downloading all of that data isn't
something which is done all of the time for every user.

Iain Lane                                  [ iain at ]
Debian Developer                                   [ laney at ]
Ubuntu Developer                                   [ laney at ]
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