Changing dpkg-deb default compression from gzip to lzma for Hardy

David MacKinnon blaedd at
Mon Dec 17 14:11:39 UTC 2007

On Dec 18, 2007 1:00 AM, Krzysztof Lichota <krzysiek at> wrote:

> Why do you think so? I always run system update when I am doing other
> things. And I can notice when installing packages starts, although I
> have 3 GHz CPU.

My personal experience, is that on modern machines, install time is
dictated by download speed (where appropriate) and then IO speed, at
least on fairly modern hardware. For example installs on a Thinkpad
T43p run faster for me than a Thinkpad X60 doing what amounts to a
net-install, despite the X60 having a faster (dual-core, but I doubt
that helps much) CPU and more memory.

Also package installs after initial installation are fairly rare
events, automatic ones even more-so.

A pretty big argument for this would be alleviating space issues on
the install/live cd's as well.


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