Re: Why does doc packages need to contain gzipped files?
Thomas Viehmann <email@example.com> wrote:
> Frank Küster wrote:
>> There was. It ended with no conclusion. Here's my view of the outcome,
>> from pure recollection without looking anything up:
>> - gzipping PDF files does save some space; bz2 compression would save
>> even more. Naturally, compressing files that are internally
>> uncompressed gives better results.
>> - among the people that maintain packages with lots of pdf.gz files, no
>> one seems really opposed to shipping them uncompressed. But also
>> nobody seemd to be willing to do the first step, especially since
>> there is no consensus about not compressing them.
> I think that a notable addition (by Olaf v.d.S. IIRC) was that it could
> be worthwhile to improve viewers.
> E.g. kghostview will correctly open
> .pdf.gz while gnome-gv will not. Similarly kdvi opens .dvi.gz.
> Altough I'm not using KDE in general, my preference for kdvi is
> precisely because of that (and reverse search, but that seems to be more
> standard nowadays).
I don't know over what you prever kdvi, but xdvi (which is xdvik really,
but the k here has nothing to do with KDE) also opens dvi.gz, and has
done so for long.
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