Re: bzip2 -- no longer non-us?
Mark Eichin <email@example.com> writes:
> we save 2M out of 9.5M
20% is a lot.
> consider that we could leave the *control* element gzip'ed, while
> bzip'ing the data element, in order to provide clean upgrade
> warnings -- ie. the old dpkg could still parse the new format and
> find the dependency on a new version of dpkg, or something like
In order for a minor version change to work, we would still have to
have a data.tar.gz before the new data.tar.bz. dpkg-deb won't even
extract the control unless it finds all the valid parts. See dpkg(5)
Another idea is to have a tiny data.tar.gz which contains a preinst
which echoes an imformative message and fails. A dpkg-deb which
understood 2.1 archives would know to skip the data.tar.gz and process
It's a bit of a hack, and it might be better to just increase the
version to 3.0. dpkg-deb already gives you a message:
dpkg-deb: archive version 3 not understood, get newer dpkg-deb
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