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

On Thu, Jan 03, 2008 at 02:47:21AM +0000, 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.

Why not move it out, then?  Just unpack the necessary packages in the target
root so that you can decompress the rest.

And while we're at it, why not use lzma instead?  Gives better compression
ratio, and the size increase becomes insignificant once that issue is solved.

Robert Millan

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