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Re: .deb format: let's use 0.939, zstd, drop bzip2




On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 05:18:18AM +0200, Guillem Jover wrote:
be updated anyway to support any new format. It also destroys some of the
nice properties of the 2.x format, namely:

 - Not requiring special tools to build/extract.

This is really not a property worth preserving. I think it would be fairly easy to get significant performance improvements if we dropped the archive nesting, and all it would cost is losing a bullet point that nobody really cares about all that much. I remember when this was one of the "reasons" to advocate .deb over .rpm but in the real world people just apt install rpm and the anecdotes about this one time somebody wanted to unpack a deb on an ancient sunos box aren't worth slowing down every install until the end of time.