xz-compressed release tarballs?

Mike Frysinger vapier@gentoo.org
Fri Jan 27 18:41:00 GMT 2012


On Friday 27 January 2012 04:10:32 Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> From: Mike Frysinger <vapier@gentoo.org>
> > 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

you gotta be pulling my leg with this

> 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.

still a non-issue:
	unxz foo.tar.xz
	tar xf foo.tar

forcing people to live in the past because you can't be bothered to type a few 
extra characters on your legacy systems is ridiculous
-mike
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