[arch-dev-public] RFC: (devtools) Changing default compression method to zstd

Robin Broda arch-ml at coderobe.net
Sun Mar 24 23:15:24 UTC 2019

On 3/24/19 11:20 PM, Evangelos Foutras via arch-dev-public wrote:
> On Sun, 24 Mar 2019 at 23:45, Allan McRae via arch-dev-public
> <arch-dev-public at archlinux.org> wrote:
>> On 25/3/19 4:34 am, Robin Broda via arch-dev-public wrote:
>>> This change requires a new pacman release, as as of writing this, zstd support is in master but hasn't landed in a release yet.
>> Which is a complete blocker for quite a period of time.
>> We need to assume every system has a copy of pacman-5.2+ before we can
>> switch packages to zstd.
> Why is pacman support needed here? I can already install .zstd
> packages using pacman 5.1.3.
> The crucial part seems to be libarchive support, which was added in
> v3.3.3 (~ September 2018).

Yes, installing zstd packages works - the pacman release is merely required for makepkg. Unless that has already landed too, which would be news to me :)

Thus i don't think we need a hold-off period like this, Allan.


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