[arch-dev-public] request: xz-utils into core

Andreas Radke a.radke at arcor.de
Sun Mar 1 04:20:57 EST 2009

Am Sat, 3 Jan 2009 08:31:55 -0600
schrieb "Dan McGee" <dpmcgee at gmail.com>:

> On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 6:00 AM, Andreas Radke <a.radke at arcor.de>
> wrote:
> > I'd like to keep unneeded packages out of core. I see no need to
> > move lzma into core. We only support tar.gz for our repos. Whoever
> > wants to use a different format can rebuild libarchive easily.
> >
> > I also wonder if our new tar package now supports lzma and lzop
> > compression (no tests so far). Both packages were not present when
> > building the tar package in he chroot. But even when it's now
> > possible to use these formats at runtime they should stay in extra
> > until we may use them for our repos.
> I don't want to go too back and forth on this on the signoff thread so
> I'll move it here.
> I was thinking much more in the context of archives in general rather
> than just pacman using libarchive. libarchive ships with bsdtar, which
> I have found to be quicker than GNU tar at extracting (so I use it
> nearly exclusively). It would be a shame to tell people "we don't
> support .tar.lzma for anything"- that seems rather arbitrary, doesn't
> it?
> I too think [core] should stay as slim as possible, but when that
> requires we compile our packages with a less than ideal set of
> features, I want to at least give it some thought.
> -Dan

I've found more and more gnu tools being shipped in the new xz file
format. So may I request now to move lzma-utils' successor
http://tukaani.org/xz/ to be put into testing for some time and
later to core?

(lzma-utils is François' pkg right now)


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