On Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 1:44 PM, Westley Martínez email@example.com wrote:
I don't think my previous email went through. I apologize and disregard if it did. Here is the original message:
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Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2011 00:44:46 -0700 From: Westley Martínez email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: odd compress command User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)
Hello, on my [Arch] system the compress program is actually a wrapper to gzip. This has caused a test to fail for Python http://bugs.python.org/issue11340. The bug is quite old but it is still relevant and I've been working on fixing it. I'd like to ask if anyone knows exactly why Arch's compress program outputs .gz files and not .Z files.
It's a symlink /bin/compress -> gzip. I assume the gzip binary is intended to behave as `compress` when it's called as `compress`. Yet it fails to do so, i.e. it's a bug in gzip, IMO.
I honestly could not find any information concerning its history or its rationale, and I come to this mailing-list as a last resort. Likewise, I think it would be appropriate to adopt the true compress program or not include a compress command at all, because, as you can see, problems have been created.
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