Compressing packages with bzip2 instead gzip?

Aigars Mahinovs aigarius at
Wed Jan 18 22:04:08 GMT 2006

On 1/18/06, Phillip Susi <psusi at> wrote:
> Aigars Mahinovs wrote:
> > Only advantage of zsync over rsync is that there is no software
> > running on the server side at download time. It is only nessesary to
> > generate a .zsync file for every file to be downloaded by zsync. So
> > server can not decompress the .deb.
> Rather than generate the .zsync file against the .deb, it would be
> generated against the uncompressed .tars inside the deb.  This of
> course, would require the server to either store the decompressed tars,
> or decompress them on the fly and serve them to the clients on request.

That would require either a huge amount of disk space or additional
software on the server + a significant load on the server. That is no
better then the rsync situation today as this is simply not acceptable
to most mirrors.

Best regards,
    Aigars Mahinovs        mailto:aigarius at
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