[arch-dev-public] Moving to pkg.tar.xz officially?

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Tue Mar 9 15:18:47 CET 2010

On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 7:54 AM, Dale Blount <dale at archlinux.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-03-09 at 08:16 +0100, Pierre Schmitz wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> some of us already commit xz compressed packages, others don't. We didn't
>> really decide on this yet.
>> So, is there a reason not to recommond every TU and Dev to change PKGEXT to
>> .pkg.tar.xz?
>> We might also want to write a little announcement to inform users about this
>> change. While most of them wont be affected, some would have to adjust their
>> custom scripts. And for those who use netinstall on a 2009.02 or older iso
>> would have to run pacman -Syu once to get a version of libarchive which is
>> able to deal with xz.
> If we do this, we should leave pacman and libarchive in a historic
> format for quite a while (or forever).  Those packages are already small
> enough it doesn't really matter.

I was going to respond to this thread and say we should keep a small
subset of packages in tar.gz format for things like this. Most of them
happen to be mine, but:
* pacman
* libarchive
* libfetch
* zlib ?
* glibc ?
* bash ?


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