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Re: RFC#8 - bzip2



bzip2 does not fit on the boot floppies.  We've been over this before.

> 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 
> the meantime.
> 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.
> 
> 
>         Ed
> 
> 
> # RFC @ hacking.openbsd.it
> 
>