[arch-dev-public] rsync & bundled zlib

Christian Hesse list at eworm.de
Mon Jan 13 16:23:00 UTC 2020

Hello everybody,

to date we ship rsync with bundled zlib to keep compatibility with rsync
up to version 3.1.0 and it's old-style --compress option. This is no longer
required with rsync 3.1.1, which was released on 2014-06-22 - nearly six
years ago!
The bundled zlib carries some security issues, so time to act - one way
or another.

Even old-stable Debian Jessie [0] has rsync version 3.1.1. So any concern to
finally drop bundled zlib and use system zlib?

I would suggest to post a news item, feel free to give thoughts and feedback.

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rsync compatibility

Our `rsync` package was shipped with bundled `zlib` to provide compatibility
with old-style `--compress` option up to version 3.1.0. Version 3.1.1 was
released on 2014-06-22 and is shipped by all major distributions now.

So we decided to finally drop the bundled library and ship a package with
system `zlib`. Go and blame those running old versions if you encounter
errors with `rsync 3.1.3-3`.
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[0] https://packages.debian.org/de/jessie/rsync
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