[pacman-dev] [PATCH] pacman-lib and libarchive integration instead of libtar

Christian Hamar krics at linuxforum.hu
Fri Oct 21 10:52:36 EDT 2005

Hello there.

As we talked about with Judd on irc, that should be nice to drop libtar
fully and use libarchive instead of libtar. First

1. libtar is obsolote and not activly developed.
2. libtar got many limits, which isn't good in future

About libarchive:
1. libarchive activly developed project
2. libarchive supports many compression formats. Eg.: targz, tarbz2,
zip, etc..
3. Better documentation available for it.
4. It got shared and static library too. 

We are using a patched pacman in frugalware which utilizes libarchive,
and we are using a mixed package compression type. (Eg.: We got bz2
compressed and gzip compressed packages too)

At us the pacman libarchive patch was fully backward compatible with old
pacman. No package changes or recompile was needed.

My first libarchive patch is about to use libarchive in pacman-lib cvs
instead of libtar. The mixed enviroment works at us, because we got
a .fpm extension for packages, but in arch you got .tar.gz and i think
need a little experimence to find out how can we integrate mixed
packages into archlinux. (if it is needed)

The patch is attached against latest CVS.

(Oops. in this patch you can find a fix for Makefile.am which is in
scripts/ dir. (Added pacman-optimize to makefile.am)

I can not test this patch, (just only it is compile fine) originaly was
rewritten of our pacman patch (frugalware) so please test it with
archlinux. Test everything. The backward compatibility, etc.. I can not
test it, because in frugalware we got "tons" of specific patches for

I'm waiting for you answer.


Christian Hamar alias krix
Frugalware Development Team

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