packages compressed with xz

Matthias Andree matthias.andree at
Mon Nov 29 11:51:37 UTC 2010

Am 28.11.2010 22:12, schrieb Goran Tal:
> Now that the base system supports xz compression, it should be used as
> the default compression for packages.
> Files compressed with xz are smaller and decompress faster than those
> compressed with bzip2. This can make an installation much quicker,
> especially when the complete system is installed or upgraded.
> Any reasons against it?

xz compressed files can take up CONSIDERABLY more memory to decompress
than files compressed with bzip2 or gzip.  Keep that in mind so that
systems that are low on memory can still decompress xz packages.  If you
don't fit into RAM for decompression, it will be unusable.

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