xz-compressed release tarballs?

Jan Kratochvil jan.kratochvil@redhat.com
Thu Jan 26 22:15:00 GMT 2012

On Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:30:39 +0100, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > That slow bzip2 decompression is a continuous pain during packaging, staring
> > at bzip2 -dc on each gdb.spec debugging cycle.
> As long as we don't drop bz2 and gz, that pain will never go away.

gdb.src.rpm will just use gdb-7.4.tar.xz so the pain will be gone.

> Please think a little about those who don't necessarily have a tar
> that knows about xz.  The world doesn't end with GNU/Linux.

Current state: Shipped .tar.gz and .tar.bz2.
Possibility (a): Ship .tar.gz, .tar.bz2 and .tar.xz.
Possibility (b) - preferred by me: Ship only .tar.gz and .tar.xz.

IMO there are only few systems which already handle .tar.bz2 and which still
do not handle .tar.xz.  And those few system can use .tar.gz instead of


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