[arch-general] Frequency of abs updates, would increasing frequency cost much?

Ng Oon-Ee ngoonee at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 02:29:15 EST 2011

On Mon, 2011-01-31 at 17:21 +1000, Allan McRae wrote:
> On 31/01/11 16:27, Ng Oon-Ee wrote:
> > This is more a general question, I understand abs is updated every 24
> > hours. Would more regular updates (say, every 1 hour or so) be better?
> >
> > Currently, for those (like me) who compulsively update, abs is pretty
> > much guaranteed to be behind the latest packages in any mirror (by a max
> > of 24 hours). If it doesn't cost (resources etc.) too much for abs to be
> > updated every 1 hour, wouldn't this mean that most mirrors are likely to
> > be in sync with abs just about all the time?
> >
> > Obviously I've got self-interest in this, since I auto-patch (using
> > bauerbill) some packages from the repos. Its not a huge priority (I can
> > manually access the SVN interface, but I think it'd be useful.
> >
> The ABS update is quite inefficient...  it takes about 15 minutes to 
> run.  If this was improved, then I would see no reason not to run it 
> every hour.   Saying that, I seem to remember that we were going to run 
> this a few more times a day, but I have no idea what happened to that...
> Allan

Ah, I had no idea it took so long. In that case it wouldn't make sense
to have it run so often, of course. Doesn't it simply tar everything in
the directory?

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