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Re: ITP: mingw-xz (1.7 only)
On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 03:11:09PM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
>According to Charles Wilson on 6/20/2009 12:00 PM:
>>Christopher Faylor wrote:
>>>You've said what you want to do but you haven't said *why*. What is
>>>the advantage of further complicating a complicated program by adding
>>>.xz support, espcially given the lack of adoption of the lzma format?
>>Some projects: http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/m4/ introduced .lzma tarballs
>>for their source distributions last year; and are now switching to .xz
>>instead of .lzma.
>Not just that, but automake itself was the one that made distribution
>in .lzma possible in the first place, but now automake recommends .xz
>instead of .lzma. In other words, with automake 1.11 now out, it is
>very easy for upstream packages to use .xz, with its smaller file
>sizes. I was the one that released the upstream m4 using .xz, for
>precisely those reasons, so I'm happy to see Chuck working to make it
>easier to handle .xz files directly in setup.exe, even if it ends up
>being a slow conversion process.
>+1 from me for the new package
In case it isn't clear, I didn't ask for an explanation just to be mean.
I really did want the rationale to be archived in cygwin-apps.