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Re: why apt/dpkg not using bzip2

"Sergey I. Golod" <rover@tobolsk.net.ru> wrote:
>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).

These days, my time costs a lot more than my connectivity. I'm lucky
enough to have a not-too-badly-obsolete machine at home, and even it
creaks quite a bit under the load dpkg puts on it with over 1500
packages installed.

Colin Watson                                     [cjw44@flatline.org.uk]

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