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RFC#8 - bzip2
Request to import bzip2 in the official src tree.
Reading /policy.html and looking at the src tree layout is clear that GPLed
software is used only if there aren't alternative ways.
Looking at bzip2 I found out that this software seems to have a full
compatible license and it gives better compression than gzip.
It is already used by some ports to decompress distfiles and could give a lot
of advantages (RFC#9).
Look at how many Mbytes you could save downloading 3.3 snapshots:
base33 (tgz) 30903567 (bz2) 24120264
comp33 (tgz) 16590617 (bz2) 13837916
etc33 (tgz) 1500604 (bz2) 1232789
man33 (tgz) 6128578 (bz2) 4685742
misc33 (tgz) 1748521 (bz2) 1712209
In this case a patch to pax/tar should be developed, but a pipe can work in
Obviously also packages could be built using bzip2 saving again a lot of
bandwidth and storage space.
However, all this ways of using bzip2 are only examples, at the moment I'm
only saying that bzip2 seems to have a better license and performance than
gzip, so I'm asking to include it in the dafult src tree.
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