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Re: Size matters. Debian binary package stats

On Tue, 2005-12-27 at 02:17 +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> Adam Heath <doogie@debian.org> writes:
> > On Sun, 25 Dec 2005, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> >
> >> > debs are created by debian/rules.  So, only dependencies of dpkg would have to
> >> > be modified.
> >>
> >> I was talking about the hypothetical situation of dpkg defaulting to
> >> !gzip compression and adding a Pre-Depends to the dpkg version
> >> required for unpacking. The buildd would have to override that for
> >> core packages.
> >
> > No, the packages themselves would include such logic in their debian/rules.
> > There's no way we'd want to keep buildds in sync with what the set of core
> > packages is.
> That would realy defeat the purpose of not having to modify every deb.

Why not "just" modify them the next time they are scheduled to be
built from source?

It occurs to me, though: while adding a {g|b}zip stage to the i386,
amd64, ppc, ia64, etc build  wouldn't be noticed that much by 2GHz
CPUs, it *would* be noticed by 40MHz 68Ks.  Is there a way to make
the compression conditional on the CPU?

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson, LA USA

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