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
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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