[Aptitude-devel] Downgrading apt-xapian-index from Recommends to Suggests

Daniel Hartwig mandyke at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 11:04:23 BST 2012


This bug [1] is from a user who installed on a system with very little
amount of memory.  The issue is apt-xapian-index (“axi”) updates it's
index and makes the system very unresponsive.

The use case for axi in aptitude is rather small.  It is used to
accelerate “aptitude search” on the command line and “Limit Display
(l)” interactively when certain terms are used.  The terms and their
approximate speed-up from having axi installed are:
- ?exact-name, 50%
- ?term, ?term-prefix, 900%

Note that ?term and ?term-prefix are full-text searches specifically
designed for use with axi and using either without axi installed
produces different search results.

I would like to downgrade axi from Recommends to Suggests and will do
so for Wheezy unless there are serious objections.

Besides large desktop environments (gnome and kde) and sundry, aptitude
is the last package which will pull in axi on a typical system.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/685756

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