why is it cheaper to repeatedly gsutil cp -> gcloud compute images create -> gcloud compute images delete than it is to host a 30 GB image for a month straight

i do not understand this but you know it's okay

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i have since learnt that if you qemu-img convert -p -O qcow2 orig.qcow2 compact.qcow2 it seems to internally drop zeros/rearrange it and tar does a far better job on the image

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@dean compressed it’s ~2.6 due to what are probably build artifacts + leftover portage repositories but wanted to allow room for usage immediately once spun up

only found out later that it charges for the compressed size imported, so 0.085 * 2.6 is far more tolerable at 0.22 USD/mo

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