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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-12-01 19:35:35

At 03:05 PM 11/29/2002, Pavel Vozenilek wrote:

>Bandwith and time of those with dialup can be saved by compressing Boost
>release by BZIP2 compressor (
>For example boost_1_29_0.tar.gz has size 5 272 kB, tared and compressed
>bzip2 size is 4 282 kB (down to 81%).
>Boost size will grow (Spirit lib has over 600kB) and bzip2 can reduce the

>growth a bit. Bzip2 is available on many platforms, free to use, stable
>quite used.

The .tar.gz format was chosen because a number of users of UNIX-like
systems said that was their preference.

While there are obvious benefits to switching to a format which yields a
file so much smaller, I'd like to hear from other UNIX/etc users that this
is an acceptable format for them.

Regardless, thanks for bringing it up. I've been wondering if bzip2 was
becoming a commonplace format.


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