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Re: Autoconf distributions and xz dependency

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Autoconf distributions and xz dependency
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 17:10:17 -0700
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On 03/02/2012 04:48 PM, Warren Young wrote:
>> On Thu, 1 Mar 2012, Eric Blake wrote:
>> The Autoconf team is considering releasing only .xz files for 2.69;
> What problem are y'all trying to solve here?  Is running out of
> disk space or bandwidth?

No, space and bandwidth are not the primary driver.

> A better argument is the one behind RPM moving to xz: so they can keep
> adding bigger and more packages without moving to a second DVD.  But, I
> don't see that applying to

Actually, this really is part of the reason - since xz is technically
superior to gzip (better compression, same decompression speeds), we are
doing users a favor by getting xz installed and commonly available in
more places.

But enough people have complained, that for at least 2.69, I will still
ship a .gz tarball.

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-919-301-3266
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