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Re: ramblings about old hardware, gzip, bz2, and pentium opts

On Tue, Nov 30, 1999 at 11:31:07AM +1100, Drake Diedrich wrote:
>    On the bzip/gzip issue I think people should be aware that Andrew
> Tridgell has a plan to make gzipped data rsyncable, using relatively small
> gzip blocks divided by a rolling checksum (rather than a fixed blocklength). 
> bzip with it's large blocks won't benefit from this.  This would perhaps
> allow foo_1.1_i386.deb to become foo_1.2_i386.deb for 20% of the bandwidth
> downloading a new foo_1.2 would cost.  Packages.gz and source archives would
> definitely win big between updates like this, so going to bzip2 may not be a
> long term plan.  All packages would need to be recompressed to get the

Remember that using bzip2 makes archive usually 10-15% smaller.
This means : 5 CDs not 6

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