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Re: why apt/dpkg not using bzip2

Bas Zoetekouw wrote:

> Thus spake Sergey I. Golod (rover@tobolsk.net.ru):
> > Why apt/dpkg doesn't use bzip2 for Packages file?
> > -rw-r--r--    1 root     root       749427 Sep  3 00:56 Packages.bz2
> > -rw-r--r--    1 root     root     1024180 Sep  3 00:56 Packages.gz
> > It's about 25% can be saved in download.
> Yeah, but I guess it would take about twice the time to unpack. Please
> don't do that to my poor 486 :-((

But extra size = extra traffic = extra money, that's worse. Unpack no cost at all
(except you time, ofcourse).

wbr, Serge.

p.s. If Debian change default compression to bzip2 in future, we can save about
~20-25% in size of distribution. It especially important to reduce network
traffic in update&upgrade operations.

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