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Can ROM updates be provided as patches instead of entire ROM zip?

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28th April 2014, 12:24 PM   |  #1  
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I see that all the ROMs keep getting updates as part of nightlies/weeklies/major-updates etc.
With the changed version, everytime we have to download the whole file again for flashing the update(Even with the OTA).
Will it not be a good idea to provide the updates as flashable zips(obv the smaller sizes involving only the changed portions) as with every version of these ROMs, the changes are mostly the surface changes? And when there is a stable release that can be released fully.

Advantage - Less bandwidth usage.

I know its the users choice to download and use the updates but all i want to say is that if the updates come in small flashable zips, it would be easier for us.
28th April 2014, 01:10 PM   |  #2  
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I very much doubt developers here will do that. Ever. Easier for them with the current arrangements; what's easier for developers comes first, second, third, fourth, nine hundred and sixty four thousand three hundred and forty second, and what's easier for users comes last.

And as this is a developer's site, not a user's site, this is exactly how it should be. However, go ask some individual devs as to why things are done the way they are; they'll probably be able to give you a more detailed explanation of why - in a nutshell it's easier for them to keep track of a whole rom that's been released, rather than patches to fix this and patches to fix that. From a maintenance POV it would quickly become a nightmare to keep track of.
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28th April 2014, 03:07 PM   |  #3  
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I very much doubt developers here will do that. Ever. Easier for them with the current arrangements; what's easier for developers comes first, second, third, fourth, nine hundred and sixty four thousand three hundred and forty second, and what's easier for users comes last.

And as this is a developer's site, not a user's site, this is exactly how it should be. However, go ask some individual devs as to why things are done the way they are; they'll probably be able to give you a more detailed explanation of why - in a nutshell it's easier for them to keep track of a whole rom that's been released, rather than patches to fix this and patches to fix that. From a maintenance POV it would quickly become a nightmare to keep track of.

964342!!! really??

in my country we do not have affordable high speed unlimited download plans and thats why i got this thought. I was just wondering if it had a technical POV or its just about ease of management.
28th April 2014, 03:38 PM   |  #4  
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Yep it's the ease of management thing. It's difficult enough to try and provide support for users with the 'whole rom system' (with different phone setups so far as apps/kernels/etc are concerned), as you can imagine , if it was patches for fixes/new features/whatever, you'd end up with almost unlimited possible 'combinations' a given user could have (Has patch A, D & E but not B, C, F & so on) for the same rom.

The way it is now, it's a case of 'you're running version 4.2' or '27042014 nightly' & that's it. Keeps it simple for all concerned (unless you're running a different kernel which is still fairly simple).
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