[debhelper-devel] Bug#677876: Compressing debug sections is not necessarily a good idea

Jakub Wilk jwilk at debian.org
Sat Jan 25 20:26:09 UTC 2014

* Joey Hess <joeyh at debian.org>, 2012-09-24, 13:47:
>>This is likely true if data.tar is gzip-compressed. However, xz 
>>compresses -dbg packages much better that gzip/zlib, but of course 
>>only if they are not compressed internally in the first place. As a 
>>consequence, switching to compat 9 can make a -dbg package _much_ 
>Sounds like an overstatement. Surely xz will not, for example, 
>recompress an already gzipped file to be much larger.


>Also, v9 packages still use gzip by default. So only if you both 
>upgrade to v9 and choose to enable xz will you get a package that might 
>not be as small as v8+xz, but should not be a lot larger than v9+gzip.

xz is now the default.

Jakub Wilk

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