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Re: feature request: gzip/bzip support for sort

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: feature request: gzip/bzip support for sort
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 09:35:52 -0800
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Jim Meyering <address@hidden> writes:

> So, with just one trial each, I see a 19% speed-up.

Yaayyy!  That's good news.  Thanks for timing it.  I read your email
just after talking with Dan (in person) about how we'd time it.  I
just bought 1 TB worth of disk for my home computer and hadn't hooked
it up yet, so was going to volunteer that, but you beat me to it.

At this point to my mind the only question is how to put this change
in, and whether to make it the default (with gzip, say).  Clearly it
can lead to a big performance improvement with large sorts on modern

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