This is "normal", Mike.
When we try to get ahold of "a file", there's a fair bit of communication involved.
* Do we have it in the local cache, yes/no?
* Does a peer have the file (and all the handshaking involved with that - yes/no?
* What about a preferred package server.
Finally, once we've downloaded the file, we need to hash it and check against the hash value it's supposed to have, to make sure it's the right one and didn't go bad. So a lot of overhead goes into timeouts, handshaking, etc. etc....
And this happens for every file. This is why wrapper-packages are very useful, because you're only doing the whole network-communication once.
There's good reasons for doing this for "every single file" (I've had instance where some PC's for instance only had 50 out of 100 files in their cache), which essentially boils down to us trying to make as sure as possible that you WILL get the right file. This does cause overhead, and "high quantities of small files" is going to be VERY much worse compared to a nice "wrapper package".
Hope this explains things to you .
I supposed the "fix" if you so want, would be using "Run From Source", which would work around all this, but then you run into all sorts of other potential problems . It's really down to what poison you prefer .
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In which case, the ability to create multi-stage tasks encorporating up to 3 different software packages is limited because if you try to use self-extracting archives, it will start to process the subsequent package after the first one completes extracting, not when it has completed the install. Is there anyway of introducing a delay between the processing of the different packages?
Batch file based installs, come to mind (with the compressed packages being additional files).
They run perfectly sequentually, and allow you to run things in the order you want.
Unless I'm oversimplifying and somehow being a plank and thus missing what you're talking about (it being Friday afternoon - quite possible) .
LANDesk EMEA Technical Lead