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Re: [Bug-ed] GNU ed 1.10 released

From: Ulrich Mueller
Subject: Re: [Bug-ed] GNU ed 1.10 released
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:17:16 +0100

>>>>> On Mon, 24 Feb 2014, Antonio Diaz Diaz wrote:

> Gzip is becoming obsolete and a small but growing number of GNU
> projects are no more providing gzipped tarballs (alive, gnutls,
> coreutils, ddrescue, grep, guile-sdl, serveez, diffutils, idutils,
> parted, rcs, cppi, vc-dwim...).

> I have been phasing out gzip for 5 years now, and my plan is to stop
> providing .gz files from now on.

Could I ask you to reconsider this decision, and continue releasing ed
in some more widespread format, parallel to the lzip file? gzip,
bzip2, and xz seem to be the popular choices nowadays, the latter
being used by most of the GNU projects you've mentioned above.

> I hope this transition does not cause too many problems, as lzip is
> well supported by GNU tools like tar or automake, and is the only
> format used for testing versions by some projects[1].

It causes problems insofar as users will have to install another
unpacker for a single package. I think you should leave the decision
to them if they prefer lzip over other compression tools.

Or do you have actual download counts that say that most users have
downloaded only the .lz for the previous ed releases, and .gz has
fallen out of use?


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