[Aptitude-devel] Bug#766777: aptitude: Seems to misbehave with Acquire::GzipIndexes true

Guillem Jover guillem at debian.org
Sat Oct 25 17:59:14 UTC 2014

Package: aptitude
Version: 0.6.11-1
Severity: important


With «Acquire::GzipIndexes "true";», and after having updated the apt
cache so that there are compressed files under /var/lib/apt/lists/,
aptitude becomes extremely slugish, and browsing the packages is
really slow.

Attaching with strace on the running aptitude, reveals that every time
you change line to a new package entry, it tries to open the Packages
and Translation files, but they are compressed, so I assume it cannot
parse them or similar, and tries again every time. This is I/O intensive,
and makes it unresponsive (and wasteful :).

Not sure if this is a problem in aptitude, or in libapt, just filing
it here to not forget about it.


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