Compressing packages with bzip2 instead gzip?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Tue Jan 17 02:38:52 GMT 2006

On Tue, Jan 17, 2006 at 02:59:33PM +1300, 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.

We've been compressing the language packs with bzip2 for some time now
already.  At the time, we did consider it, and decided that the improved CD
capacity was worth the tradeoff.

 - mdz

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