Reducing the size of the ports tree (brainstorm v2)

Tijl Coosemans tijl at
Sun Nov 2 18:50:48 UTC 2014

On Sun, 2 Nov 2014 18:16:23 +0000 RW <rwmaillists at> wrote:
> On Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:07:23 +0100
> Tijl Coosemans wrote: 
>> On Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:56:21 +0100 Baptiste Daroussin
>> <bapt at> wrote:
>>> tijl@ spotted an interesting point, distinfo and pkg-descr files
>>> files convenient are taking a lot of space for "free", we can
>>> reduce the size of the while ports tree by a factor 2 by simply
>>> merging them into one of the other files (Makefile and/or
>>> pkg-plist) from my testing it really devides significantly the size
>>> of the tree.
>>> Problem is how to merge them if we want to.
>>> What we do not want to loose:
>>> - Easyness of parsing distinfo
>>> - Easyness to get informations about the description
> I think it's worth remembering that this saves an amount of storage
> that can be had for around 1 penny/cent. The threshold for this being
> more trouble than it's worth is pretty low.

The reason I looked into this is because many subversion operations
are slow on the ports tree.  For me it's about saving time there and
not so much about saving disk space.

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