xz-compressed release tarballs?

Samuel Bronson naesten@gmail.com
Thu Jan 26 23:10:00 GMT 2012

On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM, Jan Kratochvil
<jan.kratochvil@redhat.com> wrote:
> 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.

Hear, hear! I was just wondering why GCC didn't switch to this yet the
other day.

> 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
> .tar.bz2.

And often already do because of the speed problem.

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