I've fixed a few bugs in my experimental virtual update repository.
This is ideal for anyone with a fast computer and a slow internet
connection. You can expect savings of up to 70% in bandwidth when
A Tomcat server (or similar) is required.
The release notes to the latest version is here:
The distribution is here:
I've updated my delta repository (see
however as I only have about 200MB of free space, not all the packages
I would like to thank Michael Schroeder from SuSE for pointing out
that he's already got an excellent system already working for the SuSE
distribution. His delta RPM software compares the content of an RPM on
a file by file basis (I'm currently just treating the RPM as one
binary blob after expanding the cpio archive). It seems that this
approach yields better compression and requires less CPU cycles and
memory to generate the delta files. If there is interest I'll explore
this approach next.