On sourceware.org, which hosts eclipse autotools, the web logs
indicate that huge fractions of the web traffic are acconted for
by the .xml files, specifically this one:
From the web server logs, it appears that no http-level compression
is being applied to the transfer. If it were, these files would
transfer something like ten times faster, being so darned compressible.
So please investigate making eclipse use http compressino directives,
for example via code like this:
Please please please & thank you.
Filed upstream: https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=290247
The file in question is no longer used by the Eclipse upstream code, however, the Fedora releases had not updated to newest code. The new code now loads serialized classes which contain the documentation data. Fedora has now been updated but in addition, a patch has been created to place the documentation classes into the plug-in itself so that there is no web traffic required. This can't be done in the upstream case due to the documentation licenses are not permitted in the Eclipse.org repositories.