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most debian repos are empty #101
Here is a list of Packages files in deb repos that are empty (empty ones have 0 in front, the last ones are NOT empty and the number in front is the size in bytes of the file..):
Is this the right place to report that? Who is in charge for debian packaging?
referenced this issue
Apr 14, 2016
You are seeing empty repos because the repo managing software was setup to handle a wild variety of environments in case we will provide pacakges for them, but we provide packages only for some subset of them. Currently we provide packages only for x86 and x86-64 architectures, Debian Jessie, Debian Stretch, Debian Sid, Ubuntu Vivid, Ubuntu Wily and Ubuntu Xenial distributions. If you limit it to just that, you will get
The number doesn't necessarily mean that a distribution with larger number has more client available, while in same cases it's true, some clients were packaged only for some distributions and packaging them for other is an ongoing effort, the larger number generally means that for that distribution the packaging software we use automatically produced additional debug versions of the already present in the repo packages.
Anyway, these empty repos you see are not caused by some mistake, we in fact don't provide packages for them. Another question is whether you should be able to see all these repos? Probably not, so we will try changing our package managing software configuration to get rid of those empty repos in order to not confuse the users.