[tz] [PROPOSED PATCH 2/2] Use lz format for new tarball

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at systematicsw.ab.ca
Sat Aug 27 20:49:34 UTC 2016

On 2016-08-27 13:43, Random832 wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 26, 2016, at 19:10, Antonio Diaz Diaz wrote:
>> Paul Eggert wrote:
>>>> please use a compression format that can be handled easily by
>>>> Windows users as well. For instance, choose a format from the list
>>>> that 7Zip can handle: http://www.7-zip.org/
>>> Thanks for mentioning the problem. xz format is on 7-Zip's list; it's
>>> a tiny bit larger than lzip format for our data (0.3% larger for the
>>> draft tzdb tarball) but I suppose portability trumps this minor
>>> advantage.
>> Please, do not use xz for a new distribution format. The xz format is
>> defective. See for example http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/xz_inadequate.html
> Seems like a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

Think slow metered links in third world countries and
you will get why a format with recovery is useful.
Remember when modems got decent speed, checking and recovery?

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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