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Re: Size difference (big) between .orig.tar.gz and .deb: why?

   This would create a dependency to gzip package, but I think that this
   already exists when we package the pages zipped!
   Is it possible that a debian system be without gzip?

No: gzip is marked as essential.

marin40# dpkg -s gzip
Package: gzip
Essential: yes
Status: install ok installed
Priority: required
Section: base
Maintainer: Bdale Garbee <bdale@gag.com>
Version: 1.2.4-11
Pre-Depends: libc5 (>= 5.2.18-1)
Description: The GNU compression utility.
 This is the standard GNU file compression utility, which is also the default
 compression tool for Debian.  It typically operates on files with names 
 ending in '.gz'.
 This package can also decompress '.Z' files created with 'compress'.

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