On Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 04:03:57PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote: > On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 08:30:24PM +0100, Darren Salt wrote: > > It's worth mentioning that man-db has had xz support since March last year > > (upstream). This is available in testing. > > Although I'd also like to mention that I expect that it would take > rather longer for mandb to process /usr/share/man if all of the manual > pages there were xz-compressed rather than gzipped, as it would have to > exec an external command for every page rather than using a library. This is not a real argument as liblzma2 works just as well as zlib. > I support xz-compressed pages because you sent me a reasonable patch and > it might occasionally help somebody, but I don't recommend it for global > use in Debian. However, I do agree that it's generally not a good idea, but for a different reason: xz has a slow start, and below a few thousand bytes of compressed size gzip usually packs better. Man pages tend to be smaller than that: out of 94752 man pages in main, 71966(!) are smaller with gzip, and 94088 have gzip < 110% of xz. This goes in stark contrast to whole packages, where even empty ones usually have enough junk (copyright, changelog.Debian.gz) that they tend to compress better with xz -- and sizes of dummies are lost in underflow compared to real ones. Thus, just as I strongly recommend using xz everywhere for .deb files, let's use gzip everywhere for man pages with no more than a few exceptions. _All_ files where changing compression gives a gain of >10KB are: gz | xz | gz-xz | filename 44492 | 32888 | 11604 | man3/QGauss.3.gz 46174 | 32716 | 13458 | man3/Color::Library::Dictionary::NBS_ISCC::M.3pm.gz 66121 | 51340 | 14781 | man3/InfFE.3.gz 67316 | 52272 | 15044 | man3/ContinuationSystem.3.gz 76441 | 58656 | 17785 | man1/gm.1.gz 99346 | 73964 | 25382 | man5/postconf.5.gz 136446 | 106680 | 29766 | ru/man1/mplayer.1.gz 179569 | 134548 | 45021 | man3/Image::ExifTool::TagNames.3pm.gz 153320 | 100544 | 52776 | man3/FE.3.gz -- 1KB // Yo momma uses IPv4!
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