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Re: why apt/dpkg not using bzip2

On Sun, Sep 03, 2000 at 07:48:54PM -0300, Nicol?s Lichtmaier wrote:
> > > Speed reasons - gzip is significantly faster than bzip2, which matters
> > > for old ix86 (x=3,4) and m68k machines which run Debian.
> > 
> > bzip2 also uses more memory which can be an issue with lowmemory
> > systems.
>  I had a 486 with 8Mb and with `bzip2 -s' I could use bzipped packages
> perfectly... are we talking about 4 Mb mechines?

Do you realize how much ram dpkg itself already takes up? Add that to
bzip2 and you are definitely swapping, even with 8 megs of RAM. Heck,
doing this, and you need 16megs *free* physical memory just to keep from
swapping. As for 4 meg machines, the current gzip setup is almost
unbearable just for that (believe me, I have an 8 meg system, and I don't
want to even imagine a 4 meg system trying to handle dpkg, much less


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