[Rpm-maint] [PATCH v2 1/2] Extend header size to 256MB due to file signatures

R P Herrold herrold at owlriver.com
Fri Apr 29 17:42:06 UTC 2016

On Fri, 29 Apr 2016, Stefan Berger wrote:

> From: Stefan Berger <stefanb at us.ibm.com>
> Extend the header size to 256MB in case an RPM has a lot of files
> and the file signatures do not fit within the current limit of 16MB.

a (huge) fixed extension allocation, rather than writing a 
'chained block allocation on demand' mechanism seems 
'un-Unixy' and a kludge 

... in a current install of 1900 packages, only 300 are of a 
size greater than 256MBy.  The penalty for a repository to 
carry around that unused slack space is an installation image 
is huge

I would recommend that if a bigger header space requirement 
exists, that it be done in a fashion other than 'using a 
bigger hammer'

-- Russ herrold

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