[v3.0-rc2] Creating an archive-tarball from linux-2.6 GIT repository

From: Sedat Dilek
Date: Tue Jun 07 2011 - 08:14:47 EST


as the official tarballs still missing, here some instructions to
archive a tarball from GIT repository.

[ Checkout linux-2.6 (aka linux-3.0) ]

git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git

( NOTE: Users from EU zone: Use <git.us.kernel.org>... it's faster for
checkouts. )

cd linux-2.6

[ gzip ]

git archive --format=tar --prefix=linux-3.0-rc2/ v3.0-rc2 | gzip -9c >

[ bzip2 ]

git archive --format=tar --prefix=linux-3.0-rc2/ v3.0-rc2 | bzip2 -9c
> ../linux-3.0-rc2.tar.bz2

[ xz ]

git archive --format=tar --prefix=linux-3.0-rc2/ v3.0-rc2 | xz -9c >

A good compromise between decompression-speed and file-size is:

[ xz -2e ]

git archive --format=tar --prefix=linux-3.0-rc2/ v3.0-rc2 | xz -2ec >

[ Filesizes ]

$ du -h linux-3.0-rc2.tar.*
74M linux-3.0-rc2.tar.bz2
93M linux-3.0-rc2.tar.gz
61M linux-3.0-rc2.tar.xz
65M linux-3.0-rc2.tar.xz-2e

Thanks to friends from #quassel.de (git archive) and #mirbsd (xz -2e)
for the hints.
Thanks to Linus for not providing tarballs...
As I used to say... Still learning from git usecase to git usecase.

- Sedat -
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