Subject: bzip2 instead of gzip for 'make package' / pkg_add(8)
To: None <>
From: Brian A. Seklecki <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/05/2002 17:32:18
Now that the whole tar(1) -> pax(1) conversion has blown over (well, at
least the thread is dead), what are the chances of switching the package
system from gzip to bzip2?  Make it the default with of course all the
backward compat hacks for conversion transparency.

Every little bit counts, especially on old systems where performace
impacts would be negligible >:}

pros of bzip2:
*) noticeably better compression
*) telatively well maintained / release engineering (gzip is dead.)
*) easy drop-in replacement for gzip(1), portable to 3rd party systems

*) still a LGPL license
*) performance impacts