This pages tries to summarise the brainstorm started on -devel about handling huge data packages.

http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2007/06/msg00273.html

Solution

Resource-hungry

Official

data in .deb format

Easy to apt

Local processing

Package as usual

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

Packgage data and provide processing scripts to other packages

yes, but less duplication

yes

yes

not fine-grained

automated

Dummy package

no

yes

no

yes

manual

Packaged cron script

no

yes

no

yes

automated

Wrapper

no

yes

yes

yes

automated

Fink

no

yes (.info files)

no

no, but fink can manage dependencies

automated

New branch separated from main

optional miroring

yes

yes

yes

no

Unofficial repository

not for Debian

no

yes

needs a key?

no

dpkg --admindir=$HOME/somedirectory

depends

depends

yes

no

no

Other tools to create Debian binary packages are cmake, checkinstall, alien and equivs.

Some other ideas

Biggest space consumers

Further discussion threads


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