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SubjectRe: OFFTOPIC: Re: bzip2 for kernel dists?
On Fri, 12 Dec 1997, Mitch Davis wrote:

> Jordan Mendelson wrote:
> >
> > So, bzip2 yeilds better compression, it's free (no patent restrictions on
Yes it does, At a cost of speed.
> > algs, etc), and it's available in binary & source form for Linux & a number
> > of other OSs. What's keeping kernels from being distributed like this?
>
> Other people's mileage may vary, but I have found bunzip2 to be
> absolutely hideously SLLOOOWWW. The following test shows bunzip2
> to be 10 times slower to decompress than gunzip:
> mjd@taco [~/tx] time cat gimp-0.99.15-data-extras.tar.* > /dev/null
>
[timing stuff snipped]
> Note this is under HP-UX, but the results are very similar under Linux.
>
> I guess it depends on whether you have CPU cycles to burn.
>
> Mitch.
>
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I saw the speed difference too. As happens so much in compression, the
tighter you compress something, the longer it takes. Leave it as an
option for:

1) People who understand how to use it
2) Have a hideously slow internet connection
3) And have CPU cycles to burn

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Phil Brutsche

"Be of stout heart, Number One. We've handled the Borg. We can
certainly handle Admiral Jellico." - Jean-Luc Picard

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