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Zutils vs single compressor utilities

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: Zutils vs single compressor utilities
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 18:36:03 +0100
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As nobody responded to http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-gzip/2009-08/msg00000.html, I am sending this message again.

Vincent Lefevre (maintainer of the MPFR package) suggested that utilities like zdiff, bzdiff, lzdiff, etc, should be provided independently of compressors. So I have written a package named zutils where I include such utilities with support for gzip, bzip2, lzip, xz and uncompressed files. (Support for other compressors may be added later).

I am writing you because the most obvious names for such utilities are the names of the utilities already distributed with gzip. I hope we can cooperate to avoid name clashes in distributions. I think the best way is gzip, bzip2 and lzip stop distributing their respective utilities and distributions provide the zutils port/package to replace those utilities.

Alternatively, gzip utilities could be renamed to gzcat, gzdiff, etc.

The zutils package has been offered to GNU and is waiting approval, but it seems coordination with the gzip maintainer is the main pending issue.

With zutils you can do:
zdiff file1.lz file2.gz
zdiff file1.bz2 file2
zgrep "string" file1 file2.lz file3.gz file4.bz2

Zutils homepage is http://www.nongnu.org/zutils/zutils.html

Best regards,

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