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Steering committee, please, consider using lzip instead of xz
- From: Antonio Diaz Diaz <antonio at gnu dot org>
- To: gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
- Cc: Antonio Diaz Diaz <antonio at gnu dot org>, "Matias A. Fonzo" <selk at dragora dot org>
- Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:25:27 +0200
- Subject: Steering committee, please, consider using lzip instead of xz
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Dear GCC steering committee,
This has been recently asked in this list, but in case you have
missed it because of a subject line not explicit enough, I would like to
appeal to you directly.
Since 2017-05-24 weekly snapshots use xz compression instead of bzip2. I
suppose this means that release tarballs will also use xz at some point.
If this is the case, I politely request you to consider using lzip
instead of xz. I have spent a lot of time during the last 9 years
developing lzip and studying the xz format, and based on this experience
I consider that lzip is a better choice than xz, now and in the long term.
I have been developing software since the early 80s, and I am a GNU
maintainer since 2003. You are all experienced developers. All I ask is
that you read carefully the following references and then consider lzip
and xz based on their technical merits.
Also note that 'lzip -9' produces a tarball a 1% smaller than xz, in
spite of lzip using half the RAM to compress and requiring half the RAM
to decompress than xz.
-rw-r--r-- 1 58765134 2017-06-07 09:13 gcc-8-20170604.tar.lz
-rw-r--r-- 1 59367680 2017-06-07 09:13 gcc-8-20170604.tar.xz
Thanks and regards,