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Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 11:24:32 +0100
From: "Gerrit P. Haase" <gp AT familiehaase DOT de>
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To: Christopher Faylor <cygwin-apps AT cygwin DOT com>
Subject: Re: RFP: UPX (Was Re: reducing binary distribution size with UPX)
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Hallo Christopher,

Am 2002-03-15 um 17:55 schriebst du:

>>Not that i'm against inclusion of upx to cygwin distro -- it's a
>>normal package like many others after all, but i really don't
>>understand why somebody would want to use such a program.

> Excellent points.  This is, IMO, an argument against using upx for
> all (any?) cygwin binaries.

Some people have only small systems with small HDD's and they want to
save space.  A harddisk with 20 GB for which I pay $100 is really cheap,
but a binary compressor which costs nothing is cheaper.
(And the most people out there have no NT systems and no builtin compression).

You even don't need UCL to be installed to use the compressed binaries.
There is no significant loss of performance, though I saw that compressing
DLL's works not well, so it should be used only for compressing .exe files.

So why not include UCL/UPX in the distro?  Nobody is forced to use it!

We should not precompress delivered binaries (besides setup.exe maybe?).
It will not reduce the size of the packages very much.


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