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From: Brian Jackson <iggy@g.o>
Subject: Re: Do I really need the tree?
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 11:26:21 -0600
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On Thursday 01 April 2004 06:19, Manuzhai wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I've been thinking about Gentoo Linux for some time. I first installed
> it a year ago, and I really liked it
> (http://www.manuzhai.nl/weblog/related.keyword/gentoo-linux/). Since
> then, I've installed it on my server and am in the process of getting a
> workable desktop-installation on my workstation. I wonder about this,
> though: do I really need the Portage tree.
>
> I emerge sync my server about daily and my desktop somewhat irregular,
> and I wonder: why do I have to do this. 

What I do is share my /usr/portage via nfs between all my boxes, that way I 
only have one copy that has to be synced. This also shares the distfiles 
directory so I don't download all distfiles twice (or 6 times in my case). 
Then I just set my server up to sync in the middle of the night when I'm 
(supposed to be) asleep, and all is well.

- --Iggy

> It seems (and I might be wrong 
> on this one) that I really only need package names, version numbers and
> dependencies. These could easily be listed in a XML file (per category,
> for example), which means I'd just have to download a few XML files
> every time instead of having to rsync. I think the bandwidth use may be
> equivalent, but mirroring would be a lot simpler and less CPU-intensive
> if you just need to have a couple of XML files and a httpd.
>
> So rephrasing my question: why do I have to download all these ebuilds
> for software I never use? Just seems silly.
>
> Regards,
>
> Manuzhai

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