On Thu, 2002-06-20 at 20:43, Joseph Carter wrote: > bzip2 was packaged because someone thought it would be a useful thing to > have in Debian. You have greatly misunderstood the person you are replying to. He suggested that Packages.bz2 would help (instead of Packages.gz). So, here are stats from sid, free, i386. Packages.gz file downloaded from ftp://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/sid/main/binary-i386/ anthony@bohr:pkgz$ ls -l total 10604 -rw-r--r-- 1 anthony anthony 7341811 Jun 21 07:42 Packages -rw-r--r-- 1 anthony anthony 1519174 Jun 21 07:42 Packages.bz2 -rw-r--r-- 1 anthony anthony 1970466 Jun 20 15:08 Packages.gz So, using bzip2 -9 over gzip -9 seems to save a good 23%; quite nice, actually.
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