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Old 06-13-2006, 12:17 PM   #1
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APT-GET Results = Strange

Has anyone noticed these .pdiff's when using APT-GET? Can anyone explain this to me? I have never seen them before.

cwilliams@cwilliams:~$ su
cwilliams:/home/cwilliams# apt-get update
Get: 1 etch Release.gpg [189B]
Get: 2 etch Release [35.4kB]
Get: 3 etch/updates Release.gpg [189B]
Get: 4 etch/updates Release [20.0kB]
Get: 5 etch/main Packages/DiffIndex [12.6kB]
Get: 6 etch/main Sources/DiffIndex [12.5kB]
Ign etch/updates/main Packages/DiffIndex
Get: 7 2006-06-12-1402.36.pdiff [13.6kB]
Get: 8 2006-06-12-1402.36.pdiff [13.6kB]
Ign etch/updates/main Sources/DiffIndex
Get: 9 2006-06-12-1402.36.pdiff [13.6kB]
Get: 10 2006-06-12-1402.36.pdiff [8542B]
Get: 11 2006-06-12-1402.36.pdiff [8542B]
Ign etch/updates/main Packages
Ign etch/updates/main Sources
Hit etch/updates/main Packages
Hit etch/updates/main Sources
Get: 12 2006-06-12-1402.36.pdiff [8542B]
Fetched 103kB in 3s (31.1kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Old 06-13-2006, 01:21 PM   #2
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Looks like a more efficient way to download package lists. I haven't actually booted debian in a while so I haven't noticed it. I imagine the pdiffs provide the differences between package lists, kinda like a patch, rather than downloading the newer package lists whole (this for me would be about 10 Mb). Which is alot less to download, better for us and the debian servers.
Old 06-17-2006, 03:45 AM   #3
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the pdiff's show up if i've added a new repo and not retreived the public key for it yet. odd.


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