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Re: Advantage of debs?

On Thu, Dec 23, 1999 at 11:37:00PM -0600, Steve Price wrote:
> On Thu, 23 Dec 1999, I wrote:
> # I don't know where the original poster got this information from,
> # but I've never *ever* heard anyone talk about using zip for FreeBSD's
> # packages.
> Oh wait, I think I might know where the confusion is.  There is
> a push to get the packages "zip"d with bzip(1) instead of gzip(1)
> because usually there is a reduction in the overall size of the
> tarballs when the former is used.  The only problem is that the
> decompression seems somewhat slower with bzip(1) than gzip(1). :/

Well, that's a good idea. Debian has talked about it (using bzip2
instead of gzip), but there's concern that this will make things slower
on older/slower machines. I hear it chews a lot of memory too, both
for compression and decompression. We support m68k even, plus old
386s and so forth, which I suspect isn't going to run bzip2 too quickly.

Still, our ports list doesn't have the same number of old and slow
platforms NetBSD's does, like vax :-)

Hamish Moffatt VK3SB. CCs of replies on mailing lists are welcome.

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