Compressing packages with bzip2 instead gzip?
psusi at cfl.rr.com
Fri Dec 9 18:43:04 GMT 2005
Compression algorithms generally perform better the more data you give
them, especially 7-zip. Rather than compress each language pack
individually, I decided to try compressing them all as one unit. I
extracted all of the language packs and tared up and compressed the
resulting directory tree:
As you can see, 7-zip's compression REALLY improved with the combined
data set giving a space savings of 54% over the original .debs, and 43%
over individually 7-zipping each package. Are all of these language
packs on the setup/live cds? If so then compressing them this way would
free up 27 MB of space. I wonder what other packages this could be
Mikael Eriksson wrote:
> A repack of language-pack-gnome-* shows that most would be smallest when
> compressed with 7z. And the rest is smallest with gzip -9.
> See the attached file.
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