[Pkg-fonts-devel] [idea]: please consider to compress your package with xz

Hideki Yamane henrich at debian.or.jp
Wed May 30 10:48:21 UTC 2012

Hi list,

> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> * How to compress with xz?
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
>  If you build package with dh7 or later, it's simple. Please add these lines
>  to your debian/rules.
> override_dh_builddeb:
>         dh_builddeb -- -Zxz
>  That's all :)

 "To compress with xz", it means 3 ways.
  - for upstream tarball
  - for debian.tar.gz file
  - for deb

 1. You can repack upstream tarball (usually .orig.tar.gz file) to tar.xz.
    It would reduce source archive size, so recommended it if it's not 
    inconvenient for you.
 2. If your package have huge file in debian directory, set it like this
>   compression = "xz"
>   compression-level = 4
    in debian/source/options file. ... But I think it's rare case ;-)

 3. As I suggested in above, rebuild package (usually data.tar.gz) with xz.
    It would reduce binary archive size, but you should take care about it
    in slow architectures.


 Hideki Yamane     henrich @ debian.or.jp/org

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