Subject: Re: bzip2 instead of gzip for 'make package' / pkg_add(8)
To: Brian A. Seklecki <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/06/2002 11:12:46
"Brian A. Seklecki" wrote:

> 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
> cons:
> *) still a LGPL license
> *) performance impacts

Also in cons (and sorta covered by "performance impacts") - if we
specify highest compression you need a reasonable amount of memory
(7600k to compress and 3700k to decompress)....

Simon Burge                            <>
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