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Re: some statistics on using bz2 for packages

On Sat, Oct 30, 1999 at 09:38:39PM -0600, Bdale Garbee wrote:
> My understanding is that the bzip2 algorithm will get folded into gzip at
> some point, so I'm not sure what all the fuss is about.
Hmm? I'm don't read the gzip lists, so I'm not in on any inside discussions,
but why? What do you gain by having gzip handle bzip2 over just having
gzip & bzip2?

Anyway "at some point" for a program that gone from 1.2.4 to 1.2.4a in
the course of 6 years, and that apparently for the maintainer's email
address changing, can quite far away. (Not that I'm disparging gzip
for being stable, as it does what it needs to do - I just would find
any major changes a little suprising.)

> I see no reason for more than one compression engine to be flagged essential.
To have bzip2 support in dpkg, more than one compression engine would need to 
be flagged essential. Either that, or gzip support in dpkg would have to be
removed, which can't be done, no matter what the qualities of bzip2 

David Starner - dstarner98@aasaa.ofe.org

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