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

Kristian Erik Hermansen kristian.hermansen at
Mon Dec 17 22:56:56 UTC 2007

We are talking about a 10x increase in the time it takes to create
DEBs if moving from gz -> lzma.  Is this acceptable?  Also, it is more
than doubling the work placed on the installer's CPU.  This may be
acceptable moving forward, if that's what the community and developers
decide.  However, just bare in mind that many people still run old
hardware.  In fact, I just helped some homeless people in San
Francisco install Linux this weekend, and on that old PIII, it took
almost an hour.  So, just keep this is mind.  If the decision does
come down to move to lzma, it should be because of the ISO capacity of
700MB is being exceeded.  In that case, the move to lzma would leave
10% more space on the disc without rearchitecting the ISO and default
Kristian Erik Hermansen
"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."

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