Summary/Minutes from today's FESCO meeting (2011-12-12 at 1800 UTC)

Stephen Gallagher sgallagh at
Tue Dec 13 19:12:30 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-12-13 at 14:06 -0500, J. Bruce Fields wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 01:22:06PM -0800, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> > To some extent I agree with both sgallagh's sentiment and the logical
> > conclusion you're drawing.  However, I think the lookaside cache is
> > a necessary optimization/compromise to the ideal of putting everything into
> > version control, though.  Current technology would make it prohibitive in
> > terms of packager time (and for some packages, space on developer's
> > machines) to put tarballs into git as the cloned repository would then
> > contain every single new tarball the package ever had.
> I'd be curious to know how expensive that actually was.
> I'd think delta-compression could make it quite reasonable for the
> typical project.  (Exceptions including things like games with lots of
> binary data in each release.)

Nearly all packages are released as a compressed tarball. So any change
in the package is likely to result in a delta of the binary image that
is close enough to 100% as makes no difference.
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