Compressing packages with bzip2 instead gzip?

Yuki Cuss celtic at
Tue Jan 17 02:08:40 GMT 2006

John C. McCabe-Dansted wrote:

>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.
Ultimately, you have to make the decision between speed of installation 
and size of media!

 - Yuki.

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