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Bug#458663: Missing support for data.tar.bz2-based debs

On Jan 2, 2008, at 9:47 PM, Colin Watson wrote:

On Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 06:38:37PM -0500, Rick Thomas wrote:
On Jan 2, 2008, at 12:03 PM, Otavio Salvador wrote:
On Wed, Jan 02, 2008 at 12:38:51PM -0200, Otavio Salvador wrote:
Personally, I'd like to know what is the increase on space and
memory for adding bzcat on busybox-udeb. However, as said in
another  mail, I see no point to support different set of features
on installed  and d-i environments (from debootstrap POV).

It could actually improve the space situation in the installer if it
allowed some packages to be compressed smaller than their present size.

The worst (and most relevant here) constraint is on initrd size, and
that is unaffected by .deb size.

Good point. Along those lines, another constraint that's important is the RAM footprint of the installer -- for small memory machines (same audience as for small initrd size). How much does adding bzcat to busybox increase it's RAM footprint when executing?


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