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

Christian Rebischke Chris.Rebischke at archlinux.org
Mon Mar 25 00:23:07 UTC 2019

On Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 12:46:15AM +0100, Public mailing list for Arch Linux development wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 24, 2019 at 04:39:54PM -0700, Andrew Gregory via arch-dev-public wrote:
> > I don't consider hoping that libarchive doesn't need a rebuild in the
> > near future a great strategy.  That being said, this is really
> > a question of how long of a period we need between libarchive v3.3.3
> > and us making the switch.  I'm not a packager, so I don't have much of
> > an opinion on that.
> Well, we pride ourselves with having competent users. I think waiting a year is
> conservative and safe. However, personally I think we can wait for the next
> pacman release and write an announcment. Then we give everyone a month to update
> and we can have a smooth transition. Assuming of course that everyone is
> on-board with this change. 
> I would like to get some opinions from packaging devs with experiences.

I agree with this. Arch Linux's unique 'selling' point is that we treat
our users as competent persons, who don't need a special care. They are
able to read announcements, react on problems and get help in one of our
many community channels. I think we should keep this transition as short
as possible. Everytime when I tried to propose 'enterprise' features, I
got told, that Arch Linux is just a 'hobby project' and we don't need so
much reliability. So why should we decide different here?

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