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bug#20104: [PATCH] gzip: make the GZIP env var obsolescent

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: bug#20104: [PATCH] gzip: make the GZIP env var obsolescent
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:40:29 -0700

On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 10:38 PM, Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> Jim Meyering wrote:
>> Perhaps we should
>> try harder to find a tar-creating program that has options to do the
>> above, and simply abort when it is not found.
> For creating tarballs, I think it'd be enough to simply specify the options
> on the command line.  Traditional 'tar' will reject them (with "tar: =:
> unknown function modifier") and will fail.  By and large, only developers
> want to create tarballs, and it's OK to ask them to use development-quality
> tools.
> I did propose an Automake patch, here:
> http://bugs.gnu.org/20132

Glanced through, but didn't have time for a thorough review.

> This patch misspells "automake" as "autoconf"; I'll fix that before it goes
> in.
> It's just a quality-of-implementation issue, as unpatched Automake will work
> OK with bleeding-edge gzip.  The main upside of the patch is that even with
> bleeding-edge gzip Automake would by default generate .gz tarballs no larger
> than the tarballs generated by unpatched Automake with older gzip.

That works for me.
Thanks for dealing with all of this.

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