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Re: Can you release a smaller subversion package?

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-03-30 17:19:07 CEST

Gioele Barabucci wrote:
> The current subversion package (1.1.3 tar.bz2) is about 6MB while it could
> be
> less than 3MB.
>
> The package is so big because it includes some needed libraries (apr,
> apr-utils, neon) and other files (the complete site in the www/ dir, the
> compiled svnbook.{pdf, html} in the doc/book/book/ dir).
>
> Can you please release a basic package along with this full-featured one?
> It would contains the same files that are contained in the full package
> except
> apr/, apr-util/, neon/, www/ and doc/book/.
>
> A basic package would be just 3MB in size, cost nothing to you, and be a
> big
> win for everybody with a limited bandwidth (read 56K).
> A reduced source package would also save bandwidth (and space) for all the
> distro that distribute SRPM packages.

I find "cost nothing to you" bit a little galling. The one-time
modifications to dist.sh aren't that big a deal, but there is then yet
another package that needs to be tested, gpg-signed and uploaded - for every
single release.

Ben has already pointed out the possible confusion that might be caused by
having 2 packages.

If bandwidth minimization is your goal, you would be better off keeping a
subversion working copy locally, which you can switch from tag to tag, thus
downloading only the changes between each release.

Max.

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