On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 12:21:28PM -0700, Nathan Whitehorn wrote: > > > On 04/18/16 12:14, Glen Barber wrote: > >On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 12:01:46PM -0700, Sean Fagan wrote: > >>On Apr 18, 2016, at 11:52 AM, Lev Serebryakov <l...@freebsd.org> wrote: > >>>I understand, that maybe it is too late, but ARE YOU KIDDING?! 755 > >>>packages?! WHY?! What are reasons and goals to split base in such > >>>enormous number of packages? > >>Just a guess, having done the same thing myself: it means that updates can > >>be > >>more targeted. > >> > >This is exactly the reason, which has been answered numerous times. > > > >Glen > > > > That's a good reason -- and a very nice outcome of having base system > packages -- but I worry that it may be going too far. The most granular > updates would be if every file were its own package, which is obviously > crazy, and so there is some middle ground. Needing to grab a whole new > base.txz is probably too much (60 MB), but splitting that into even 6 or 7 > pieces moves the updates to replacements with typical size (a few MB) that > are no larger than typical package updates for ports.
This granularity allows easy removal of things that may not be wanted (such as *-debug*, *-profile*, etc.) on systems with little storage. On one of my testing systems, I removed the tests packages and all debug and profiling, and the number of base system packages is 383. Glen
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