jhary at unsane.co.uk
Wed Mar 14 16:20:04 UTC 2007
Gary Kline wrote:
> Regarding most (or many) of the port changes--say, upgrading
> foo-2.1.9_5 to foo-2.1.9_6, if the upgrade could be done by
> downloading a binary diff file, could the resulting
> /usr/local/bin/foo-2.1.9_6 be achieved by downloading a
> relatively small binary patch? Seems to me that smaller scale
> upgrades could be done this way in preference to re-compiling
> ports or downloading entire pacakes. --Same would go for any
> Why is this a bad idea!
portsnap works on this basis as does freebsd-update, see
I can imagine it could get horribly complex, but using
http://www.daemonology.net/bsdiff/ i guess its potentially possible.
Colin Percival would be a good person to talk to if you're thinking of
implementing this, since he wrote the tools referenced above.
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