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[p2-dev] Pack200 compression?

I found lots repository files under download.eclipse.org/eclipse/updates that have the extension .jar.pack.gz (i.e. composite.jar.pack.gz and artifacts.jar.pack.gz). That made me curious. Why would we ever use pack200 on files that never contain java binaries? To my knowledge, that just adds lots of unnecessary overhead. Will P2 ever look for such files? And if it does, what's the rationale behind that?

Regards,
Thomas Hallgren