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Re: Size matters. Debian binary package stats

Eduard Bloch <edi@gmx.de> writes:

> #include <hallo.h>
> * Goswin von Brederlow [Wed, Dec 21 2005, 04:19:56PM]:
>> > Actual maintainer of dpkg is evaluating the possibility to use 7zip.
>> > Even if the decision of using 7zip by default is far from being taken, it looks
>> > likely that dpkg will at least start supporting it.
>> >
>> > Cheers,
>> It can't be the default unless stable dpkg has support for installing
>> such debs. That means not before etch+1 or more likely etch+2.
> Why not? Use Pre-Depends. Sounds evil but is more reliable than just
> hoping that all users always upgrade to the latest stable.

A Pre-Depends would work for non crucial stuff but would indeed be
evil. Users should at least be able to update libc6, dpkg, apt,
aptitude, whatever apt frontend so that has to be kept as gzip.

It would require some buildd hacking to get it to use gzip only for
those few debs so more human power.

> Of course dpkg and all of its dependencies must not be compressed with
> 7zip.

There might also some depends/conflicts cases that could require
updating or removing additional debs normaly unrelated to dpkg. Those
usualy creap up on one unexpected which makes Pre-Depends on dpkg

> Eduard.


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