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Re: Use bz2 not gz for orig.tar ?

On Thu, 2007-04-12 at 21:03 +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 03:38:56AM +1000, Drew Parsons wrote:
> > > Why not lzma?  It reduces size even more 
> > 
> > It's the same question really. "Do we want to move on from gz?"  
> > 
> > I guess bzip2 is more widely known than lzma, that is we're more likely
> > to directly use upstream's tarballs by adding bzip2 support. Certainly
> > X.org releases tarballs both gz and bz2 compressed.
> > 
> > But the question could be made more general.  Why do we explicitly
> > enforce gz compression at the moment, why couldn't we support *any*
> > compression scheme that upstream developer or Debian maintainer might
> > care to use?  (perhaps the CPU arguments answer this sufficiently,
> > though I'm not convinced by them myself).
> I think binaries are more important, since they're unpacked an order of
> magnitude more times than source.

Ooh, you're referring to the compression used in the .deb package itself
here, aren't you?  I wasn't thinking about that, but in terms of
reducing archive space it makes sense to consider that as well.


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