[arch-general] [arch-announce] Moving to Zstandard images by default on mkinitcpio

JustKidding jk at vin.ovh
Mon Feb 22 13:23:23 UTC 2021

Do I have to wait for kernel 5.11 in order to use zstd?

On 2/19/21 2:13 PM, Piscium via arch-general wrote:
> On Fri, 19 Feb 2021 at 13:37, Arch Linux: Recent news updates:
> Giancarlo Razzolini via arch-announce
> <arch-announce at lists.archlinux.org> wrote:
>> As linux-lts moved to the 5.10 version, all official kernels of Arch Linux now support zstd compressed
>> initramfs images, so mkinitcpio is switching to zstd compressed images by default with version 30,
>> which is currently on [testing].
>> If, for any reason, you are using a kernel version prior to 5.9, make sure to change mkinitcpio.conf
>> COMPRESSION to use one of the compressors supported, like gzip, otherwise you **will not** be able to
>> boot images generated by mkinitcpio.
> I am not sure I understand this. If someone has the default
> mkinitcpio.conf it won't boot?
> In my case I set it to lz4 over a year ago for speed.

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