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Re: Why does doc packages need to contain gzipped files?

Thomas Viehmann <tv@beamnet.de> 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.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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