On Thu, 2004-06-03 at 07:31, Tim Daly wrote:
a simple question: why unpack RPMS? Clearly Linux itself can be run
compressed (Live CDs do that now). Given the bottleneck of slow disk
and fast CPU it might be faster to load the compressed image, unpack
it, and execute it then it would to load it directly.
Just use a normal compressed filesystem if you're worried by disk usage.
feature is that RPMS don't have to explode all over the filesystem
so upgrading is just a copy operation.
That feature becomes a bug when files belonging to packages need to be
modified as part of normal functioning (see /etc).