Re: Linux Kernel Source Compression

From: Alistair John Strachan
Date: Sun May 21 2006 - 17:25:25 EST

On Sunday 21 May 2006 22:00, Chris Wedgwood wrote:
> On Sun, May 21, 2006 at 08:03:32PM +0100, Alistair John Strachan wrote:
> > Somebody needs to make lzma userspace tools (like p7zip) faster, not
> > crash, and behave like a regular UNIX program. Then we need a patch
> > to GNU tar to emerge, and for it to persist for at least 4
> > years. Then maybe people will adopt this format..
> why?
> the gains aren't that great

If it was less than 5%, I'd agree with you. The fact is, it's 17% better on a
regular kernel tarball (not exactly a contrived test), so there would be
reason to use it. It's also faster to decompress.

This utility appears to address most of my original concerns (i.e., it works
with stream LZMA and has a bzip2/gzip-esque frontend). I could see LZMA
replacing bzip2, but not gzip, due to the compression performance issues.


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