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SubjectRe: bzip2 for kernel dists?
On Wed, 10 Dec 1997, Jordan Mendelson wrote:
>
> Has anyone thought of using bzip2 to compress the newer kernels instead of
> gzip on linux.kernel.org & co?
Yep - great minds and all that <G>.

> Even though I hate the name (come on, do I really want to type that stupid 2?)
Hey, just rename the executable, and do some real minor code changes, and
viola, it's bz.

> , it yeilds better compression than gzip.
Much, even more so -9ed.

> It's being used in a few projects, egcs & glibc are the only ones I
> can think of.
And the gimp (GO GIMP!). (And the gtk&gdk, naturally).

> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 40744960 Dec 10 12:44 linux-2.1.72.tar
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 9628900 Dec 10 12:44 linux-2.1.72.tar.gz
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 7822957 Dec 10 12:44 linux-2.1.72.tar.bz2
>
> Maybe put both bz2 & gzip on so people who have bzip2 can uncompress it all?
Naha, bloats the directory tree. how about
kernel/
v2.1/
patch/
2.1.71.diff
2.1.72.diff
...
gz/
2.1.71.tar.gz
2.1.72.tar.gz
...
bzip2/
2.1.71.tar.bzip2
2.1.72.tar.bzip2
?

> Just a thought..
Thinking is good.

>
> Jordan
>

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appears in there, I can say "Hey, I was a part of that, I checked .0012% of
the keyspace".
-=- Brian Wilson <wilsonb@mindspring.net>
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