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Re: debian-cd BoF at DebConf


On Wed, 2012-07-18 at 17:19:40 +0100, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> CD sizing problems
> ==================

> There has been much discussion about switching packages over to using
> xz compression instead of gzip by default, including Hideki Yamane's
> excellent session "Let's shrink Debian package archive!" [3]. Ansgar
> has been looking into the possibilities here of re-building a subset
> of the core packages using xz, and I think it's clear that this is the
> solution for Wheezy at least. In discussion after Hideki's xz talk, I
> think there was broad agreement that we should just switch to xz by
> default, *but* with the option to use a different (or even null)
> compressor where it makes sense (e.g. in packages full of
> already-compressed files such as open-clipart). There has been a
> suggestion that we should leave base packages using gzip for the sake
> of foreign users of debootstrap, but I firmly believe we should just
> tell them they'll need xz in future. Let's not hold ourself back
> here...

I cooked a patch for dpkg several weeks ago, when this got discussed
in debian-devel, to add configurable default compressor at dpkg build
time and to switch it to xz for Debian, including updated documentation,
etc. So if there's agreement, and the release team would accept this
change, then I can quickly prepare such dpkg upload.


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