[Vm-dev] image format suggestion (was: blog post)

Eliot Miranda eliot.miranda at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 20:10:45 UTC 2013

On Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM, tim Rowledge <tim at rowledge.org> wrote:

> Another possibly interesting approach would be to use the zip compander we
> already have in the plugin to just zip the images. Many, many years ago,
> dan Lanovaz did some experiments with VW to try out the idea and it looked
> an interesting way to save space and (depending upon machine details) time
> when loading. Of course, disks are so big these days maybe it doesn't
> matter, though I've always had a hard time really accepting that. I grew up
> with  20Mb disc as the Disk Of Your Dreams….

I actually implemented this in VisualWorks in the mid 2000's.  It is very
simple and works well.  I'll put it on the list.  I much prefer it to an
ad-hoc scheme such as the one Jecel suggests.  Much less maintennance

> Where it could help is on networked systems where you can save bandwidth,
> or embedded systems where ROM space is expensive etc.
> Or you could go completely nuts and save the image as xml…..

right on ;-)

> tim
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