[aur-general] Huge packages in community

Angel Velásquez angvp at archlinux.com.ve
Sun May 3 01:49:09 EDT 2009

Well, first of all let me remind that I was a package maintainer, and
the issue with "do not know" how to handle huge packages were
discussed several times.

Xyne, as I said this is nothing personal with you (I can add to the
list of huge maintainers: Sergej, Swiergot and many other TUs, but
nexuiz was the package which finally made me upset since I was
downloading by hours and the update wasn't finished just because
nexuiz), and I know you are "new" in the crew and I thought you knew
about the issues we had about "unpopular" and "lack of space" on the
server , that's why I worried about a huge games on the repo, being
honestly if you want to game it's ok, but games are not necessary to
be on the repo, being honest.

My proposal is not to take away these binaries in first case, my first
option is to move huge games to another repo, why? as I said, games
*are not necessary software*, and how will benefit a [games] repo to
home repos?, easy!, I simply do not add [games] in the sync script and
the script won't download it -assuming that the waste of disk space
won't be a problem anymore of course-.. but syncing in the way that
the script is actually doing I can't realize with "marking" packages
for not download it.

Of course I am talking about the situation with my home personal repo,
which have been downloaded every week, every saturday with a 1024 kbps
connection (And some other countries, and some other people have
better and worst connections btw), but I guess it will save bandwidth
on connections more powerful (like the repos that I administer) too,
if these kind of huge games won't be added to repos.. (I know ooo is
huge and texlive too, but ooo and texlive are necessary).

About the games repository of Daenyth, I would like to say is a good
option to add the games there, but this repo isn't official,

I apologize if I hurt some feelings, but being honestly, I had to said
how pised I was cause an irresponsability of upload a game > 250 MB

Anyway, just for the record, I am trying to do a calling for
maintainers with huge packages not necessary (like games), please
please please, think in the bandwidth and disk space of some other
people, =).

Angel Velásquez
angvp @ irc.freenode.net
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