applications should respect standardized units

Bug #119822 reported by Shirish Agarwal on 2007-06-11
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Bug Description

Would it be a good idea to have standardized binary prefixes (IEC standard)
everywhere or atleast make the move to. Just using the above example :-

aptitude show filezilla
Package: filezilla
State: not installed
Version: 3.0.0~beta10-0ubuntu1
Priority: optional
Section: universe/net
Maintainer: Ubuntu MOTU Developers <email address hidden>
Uncompressed Size: 2134k
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.5-5), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.2-20070516), libgnutls13 (>=
        1.5.3-0), libidn11 (>= 0.5.18), libstdc++6 (>= 4.2-20070516),
        libwxbase2.8-0 (>=, libwxgtk2.8-0 (>=,
        filezilla-common (= 3.0.0~beta10-0ubuntu1)
Recommends: filezilla-locales
Description: Port of the famous Win32 graphical FTP client
 FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP client for windows with lots of useful
 features and an intuitive interface.

 It's now multi-platform.

 FileZilla includes the following features :
 * Easy to use
 * Multilingual (English, German, French, Japanese, just to name a few)
 * Strong encryption support using SFTP over SSH and FTP over SSL/TLS
 * Supports transfer resuming and files larger than 4 GiB
 * Site Manager
 * Queue support
 * Proxy support
 * Speed limits
 * MODE Z transfer compressing
 * ... and more!


 Now as can be seen it says 2134K but confused as in 2134 kilobytes
(1000) or 2134 Kibibytes (1024) , I know it might mean a change to
large no. of softwares but it would be nicer in the long run as we
would have accurate sizes (reported or seen) by user.

Áron Sisak (asisak) wrote :

Thanks for your suggestion. However, the changes you are requesting aren't really a bug and require more discussion, which should be done on an appropriate mailing list or forum. <> might be a good start.

I also unmarked aptitude as this seems to be an issue that affects package descriptions in general rather than aptitude.

Jan Claeys (janc) wrote :

The best way to fix this is through the upstream authors. In my experience, many of them are afraid that this change will result in a lot of (support) questions from people who don't know what it means, but my experience says that most people just don't care, and only a handful will ask about it out of curiosity. Also, some computer magazines like the Dutch "PC Active" have a permanent insert about binary SI prefixes in their Q&A section.

Other upstreams will complain about things having been their way for as long as they remember, and those people might be more difficult to convince...

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Endolith (endolith) wrote :

Should this be a Blueprint instead? I'm still sketchy on the difference between wishlist and Blueprint.

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