[pacman-dev] [PATCH] Show used/freed space when syncing

Hugo Chargois hugo.chargois at free.fr
Sun Jan 10 21:44:33 EST 2010

On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 2:02 AM, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
> Please do not top post.
> I can not see a mention of the FR in the new patch you sent.  Did you just resend the old one?
> But getting to more a basic level with this.  What does this achieve? It is not an actual measure of additional space needed to update given it does not account for the downloaded file.  So it can not be used to check if your system will run out of space on an upgrade.
> Allan

Yeah, I can not see the new patch I sent, maybe I made a mistake. I'll
resend it.

The point is to show how much bigger the installed size of packages is
getting. Not to show exactly what diskspace the entire transaction
will take. Package cache can be cleaned, and if you don't have enough
diskpace to store some packages for the time of their installation,
you're doing it wrong and should buy a new hdd. (and well, now you
could get this information by summing the download size and the
used/freed space).
I think it's good to know if packages are getting bloatier or slimmer.
When I upload big packages and the installation size is 300 MB, I
don't know if I will actually have 100 MB freed on my disk because the
previous versions were 400, or if I will lose 100 because they were
200. If it's plus 100, well maybe I'd think of replacing some programs
by lighter ones, if it's minus 100 well great (but maybe some
functionalities were moved to a new package which I'd want to
Aptitude/apt-get shows that information in lieu of the "Total
Installed Size", and I think that's much more sensible.

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