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Problem with LARGE files

I am currently finishing work on a program which can be used to identify a group of mathematical structures. I would like to release it under the GPL. However building the program involves applying a lossy compression algorithm to around 400GB of data files, turning them into about 50MB.

I could possibly write a program which, using this 50MB could back the 400GB data set I have on my hard disc, but this would probably take around four months to run.

Would it be reasonable to request someone had to spend £100 on an external hard disc and postage if they wanted to request the "source" to my program? and is there any way I could ever get such a program into Debian? Perhaps a different license?

Thank you.

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