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Re: Propose Release Goals (delayed ;) - xz compression

On Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:49:54 +0200
Dominik George <nik@naturalnet.de> wrote:

> Hi,
> > The only problem is that on small machines (things like the BeagleBone)
> > xz compression requires enough memory that you have to enable swap to
> > use dpkg.  Now on a machine with a sensible disk this is not a problem,
> > but on a machine where the "disk" is an SD-card it is a disaster.  
> correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears to me that xz compression has
> become the default in dpkg. With that in mind, won't this issue come up
> anyway? I mean, once a maintainer fixes a bug in a pckage and uplods it,
> the binries ill get xz compression. So this issue is in no way specific
> to making it a release goal.  

It's not only memory footprint. xz at default preset is more then 10 times slower when
compressing then gzip and file is smaller <20%.

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