Re: Linux Kernel Source Compression

From: Alistair John Strachan
Date: Mon May 22 2006 - 16:59:32 EST

On Monday 22 May 2006 21:24, Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> >> > Any idea why this wasn't done for bzip2?
> >>
> >> Yes, the bzip2 author I have been told was originally planning to do
> >> that, but then thought it would be harder to deploy that way (because
> >> gzip is a core utility, and people are nervous about making it larger.)
> I'd say that concern is valid.
> >It's a bit of a shame bzip2 even exists, really. It really would be better
> > if there was one unified, pluggable archiver on UNIX (and portables).
> Would You Like To Contribute(tm)? :)
> Whenever a program is missing, someone is there to write it.

I would, but if it's a "valid concern" that gzip is a few hundred KB larger,
and the community would not graciously receive such work, there's not much
point, is there? :-)

Seriously, though, if I understand gzip correctly, it uses deflate/zlib
internally. Why, in that case, does /bin/gzip not (dynamically) link against
libz? If a first step was fixing that, a second could be linking dynamically
against libbz2 and 'liblzma', and making it all compile-time configurable.

That should keep everybody happy.


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