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

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Tue Sep 20 16:06:21 UTC 2016

On 09/20/2016 08:24 AM, Deborah Goldsmith wrote:
> There are no tools that ship with macOS or Windows (out of the box) that can decode it

That's OK and there's precedent for it, as the tz project used gzip 
format before macOS or Microsoft Windows shipped out-of-the-box with 
decoding tools. And back then, many other operating systems (SunOS, 
etc.) didn't ship out-of-the-box with gzip either. It was not a big 
deal. People who didn't have gzip could easily obtain and use its 
freely-available source code, just as they can with lzip now. This sort 
of thing is not beyond the capability of our target audience.

> Adopting lzip as the primary format at this point
That hasn't happened, as the primary format is still gzip. The lzip 
format is experimental.

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