[arch-dev-public] [draft] Switching to xz compression for new packages

Aaron Griffin aaronmgriffin at gmail.com
Tue Mar 23 19:02:06 CET 2010

On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 8:24 AM, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:
> Hi all,
> as people keep asking me about this it a news item seems still to be a
> good
> idea.
> If you want to compress your packages with the new format change the
> "PKGEXT" variable in the makepkg.conf of your build environment to
> '.pkg.tar.xz'. Our tools like dbscripts, devtools, namcap and of course
> pacman are able to process these packages. If you use any custom scripts
> which match "*.pkg.tar.gz" files, make sure to change the pattern to
> "*.pkg.tar.*".
> To allow a smooth update for older installations pacman,
> pacman-mirrorlist, libarchive, libfetch and xz-utils are kept in gz format.
> (This is achieved by adding "PKGEXT='.pkg.tat.gz'" to their PKGBUILDs)
> --

Seems good, I guess the only thing I would add is something like:

"At this time, all Developers and Trusted Users are strongly
encouraged to switch to xz format"

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