Compressing packages with bzip2 instead gzip?

Aigars Mahinovs aigarius at
Wed Jan 18 15:57:40 GMT 2006

On 1/18/06, Phillip Susi <psusi at> wrote:
> Diffing the tars of course, still requires that the client have the
> original deb, which they likely won't, so if you are going to make zsync
> smart enough to gunzip the tars, you may as well make it smart enough to
> untar them as well, and sync the files contained inside.

And what happend to user-changed files, for example, config files?
zsync would recompress the deb, try to get the diff from the server
and fail, because the server would not have the changeset that would
apply to that _modified_ deb. And the zsync would have to download the
whole .deb anyway.

I cann't think of a solution to this that would not require a way for
client to get a single specific file of a .deb from the server. And at
that point we are basically rsyncing a part of the filesystem tree
with the server and storing the result in a .deb.

Best regards,
    Aigars Mahinovs        mailto:aigarius at
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