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Re: debian-cd BoF at DebConf

On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 09:01:21PM +0200, Guillem Jover wrote:
>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.

Let's ask the RT then...

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"This dress doesn't reverse." -- Alden Spiess

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