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Re: Bug#150551: ITP: wmcoincoin -- Stupid dockapp for browsing DaCode sites news and board



On Fri, Jun 21, 2002 at 07:46:35AM -0400, Anthony DeRobertis 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/

And this has what exactly to do with wmcoincoin though?  We're talking
about a self-described "stupid" dockapp whose primary feature seems to be
the added convenience of one-click trolling on a particular website.  The
thing is someone's idea of a joke, and while I'm sure users of that
website think it's rather amusing, the rest of the world doesn't see the
humour.

I've long been a supporter of bzip2 packages files and packages themselves
because they're useful.  But compressing the packages files with a better
compression program doesn't mean we have an excuse to put basically
useless crap in the archive because someone thinks it's funny to put it
there.


> 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.

Yeah, and we _should_ be using this.  We're not, but we _should_ be.  You
don't have to convince me, I've seen these results before.

-- 
Joseph Carter <knghtbrd@bluecherry.net>      You're entitled to my opinion
 
<Knghtbrd> JHM: I'm not putting quake in the kernel source
<Knghtbrd> but we should put quake in the boot floppies to one-up
           Caldera's tetris game..  ;>

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