[arch-dev-public] [PATCH] Support xz compressed packages

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Mon Feb 15 13:26:59 EST 2010

On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:27 AM, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:
> Am Montag, 15. Februar 2010 17:21:53 schrieb Thomas Bächler:
>> I thought you wanted to cut down on packaging to do only this, so I
>> guessed you would invest the time to do it right, and not do half-baked
>> half-broken solutions.
> Seriously, what's the point in putting efforts into flexibility if you don't
> need it. Or if you have one reason why it should be useful to allow every
> package his favorite compressions format I'll look into it. It not htat hard
> to do, but makes the code more complex than needed.

I 100% agree with Thomas. Saying we "won't ever need it" is assuming
that xz is the ultimate compression algorithm and nothing will ever be
better. A year from now "zz compression" might come out and be
awesome. Now we'd have to repeat this entire process for the zz

Being flexible isn't about supporting old stuff - it's about supporting new.

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