Subject: Re: Best way to get 1.4?
To: Simon Burge <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/20/1999 09:15:15
On May 20, Simon Burge wrote
> I'm sitting on some hacks for gzip which can decode bzip2 files as well.
> There'd be nothing to stop people from using that "funny" version of
> gzip, bzip2ing _all_ the binary sets but still calling them *.tgz files
> so nothing else (including sysinst) needs changing.  Unfortunately this
> won't help for 1.4 without a little bit of work as the install media has
> already been built.

If you change the compression algorithm, please change the name. Remember
that someone may want to uncompress the sets on a non-NetBSD system
(I just set up a diskless environnement this way).

> A "problem" for bzip2 is the memory requirements for decompression.
> Using maximum compression, the _minimum_ amount of memory for
> decompression is 2300kB, and the normal amount is 3700kB.  That plus the
> memory used by the ramdisk install kernels on various architectures may
> make installs impossible on 8MB machines.  I guess you could play games
> with labelling a disk and adding swap before uncompressing the sets...

That's a problem as well.

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.