Compressing packages with bzip2 instead gzip?

John C. McCabe-Dansted gmatht at
Tue Jan 17 01:59:33 GMT 2006

On Wednesday 04 January 2006 16:40, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> However, we don't currently have support for 7zip in .debs, so among the
> available compression methods, bzip2 seems to outperform gzip on the
> language packs.

One thing to consider before changing to bzip2 is that, e.g. on my p4 1.5 Ghz, 
it takes about 3sec/MB to decompress a bz2 file. Wide usuage of bz2 files on 
the official CD could significantly increase the required install time on 
older machines.

John C. McCabe-Dansted
Masters Student

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