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Bzip2 is a high-quality, patent free file compressor using the Burrows-Wheeler algorithm. Files are typically compressed to anywhere between 10% - 15% of their original size[1] while maintaining a speed of roughly twice the speed of compression and up to six times the speed of decompression of the PPM compression family. Any machine with an ANSI C compiler should be able to support bzip2, making it a great choice for those who run systems with portable demands.


Use Flags

USE flags for app-arch/bzip2 A high-quality data compressor used extensively by Gentoo Linux

split-usr Enable behavior to support maintaining /bin, /lib*, /sbin and /usr/sbin separately from /usr/bin and /usr/lib*
static !!do not set this during bootstrap!! Causes binaries to be statically linked instead of dynamically
static-libs Build static versions of dynamic libraries as well
verify-sig Verify upstream signatures on distfiles


After adjusting USE flags:

root #emerge --ask app-arch/bzip2


root #emerge --ask --depclean --verbose app-arch/bzip2