[arch-general] Adopt tar.xz for official repo packaging ?

b4283 da.mi.spirit at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 06:32:14 EDT 2009

Corrently Archlinux uses a tar+gzip combination and it works nicely.
But right now there's a stable lzma compression available using "tar Jcvf",
which could create much smaller packages and still fast decompressions.
(of course you need to have xz-utils)

think about all the bandwidth that could be saved !

my little experiment shows

	35338866 (100%)
	4853937 (100%)
	24892732 (70.4%)
	1843592 (38.2%)

i guess one of the major concerns is that tar & gzip is more common than xz.
but since GNU is also packing their coreutils in xz packs, i guess that 
a good time to switch?

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