Friday, 14 February 2014

Re: remove i386 from foreign arch on server install?

On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM, Scott Ritchie <[email protected]> wrote:
> Perhaps we should instead assess why apt needs to spend so much time
> and bandwidth checking for updates. Other devices with frequent
> updates (eg mobile phones) don't have to download nearly as much data
> -- surely apt could be a bit smarter.

To expand on this, I did some preliminary investigation of the current
Trusty universe Packages file for i386 and amd64.

All of the architecture: all packages occur identically in both the
i386 and amd64 files.

Original (compressed.bz2) file size for both: 5.7M + 5.7M = 11.4M
Combining them and removing the duplicate arch: all packages and
recompressing: 8.9 M

So we can trivially save 15% by just merging the two files together!

Parser code at https://gist.github.com/YokoZar/8999726

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