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Re: Autoconf distributions and xz dependency

From: Mike Frysinger
Subject: Re: Autoconf distributions and xz dependency
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 22:16:43 -0500
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On Friday 02 March 2012 20:08:54 James K. Lowden wrote:
> On Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:48:07 -0700 Warren Young wrote:
> > I still use systems[*] that don't have tar -J, and am likely to
> > continue doing so for many years to come.  Installing xz isn't a big
> > deal, but typing the longer commands needed for separate
> > decompression and untarring is.
> Exactly.  And learning yet another unizipping command line is not now
> and never will be worth my time.  It might become necessary, but that's
> another story.

that's a weak argument.  the command line interface to gzip/bzip2/xz are 
largely the same on purpose.  the -d -c -z -f -k -[0..9] -l -v -V -q -t -h 
flags all do the same thing, and really most people use a very small subset of 

xz -dc foo.tar.xz | tar xf -
xzcat foo.tar.xz | tar xf -

this largely sounds like "get off my lawn"

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