xz-compressed release tarballs?

Eli Zaretskii eliz@gnu.org
Fri Jan 27 09:12:00 GMT 2012


> From: Mike Frysinger <vapier@gentoo.org>
> Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:49:32 -0500
> Cc: Jan Kratochvil <jan.kratochvil@redhat.com>,
>  jim@meyering.net
> 
> On Thursday 26 January 2012 16:30:39 Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > > Previous proposal by me:
> > > 	xz for the new release tip
> > > 	http://sourceware.org/ml/gdb/2009-09/msg00341.html
> > 
> > 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.
> 
> why does tar have to know about xz ?  stdin hasn't suddenly stopped working.
> 	xzcat foo.tar.xz | tar xf -

Because (a) this is less convenient to type, and (b) you assume that
ports of tar to non-Posix platforms know how to read binary streams
from stdin, but that assumption is false in quite a few existing and
widely used ports of tar.



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