Re: why apt/dpkg not using bzip2
David Starner wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 03, 2000 at 03:15:10PM +0600, Sergey I. Golod wrote:
> > Hello.
> > 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.
> Historical reasons - bzip2 is newer than gzip, and didn't exist when the
> choice was made.
ok. now bzip2 exist - first reason is not applied :-)
> Standards reasons - gzip is essential: yes on Debian, and is required for dpkg
> anyway. bzip2 is still priority optional, and it hasn't gained enough usage
> through other channels to be raised to standard.
why we can't change this behavior? At least in woody.
> Speed reasons - gzip is significantly faster than bzip2, which matters
> for old ix86 (x=3,4) and m68k machines which run Debian.
But extra size = extra money, that's more worse. On saved money everybody can
upgrade they old machines.
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