Re: /usr/share/doc/ files and gzip/xz/no compression
On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 10:51:30AM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Adam Borowski <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > On the other hand, zcat and zless are nothing but thin shell wrappers
> > over "gzip -cd", without loads of extra functionality lesspipe has. I'd
> > turn them into a C program linked against zlib (priority: required),
> > liblzma2 (priority: required) and libbz2 (priority: important, might be
> > dlopened instead).
> One angle of this discussion is confusing me: zcat and zless are upstream
> binaries that are part of a package that we build from upstream source.
> That upstream is gzip; presumably the gzip maintainers aren't particularly
> interested in adding build dependencies on other compression formats. (I
> wouldn't be if I were them; it seems a bit outside their bailiwick.)
> Are people who are proposing that we change these programs proposing we
> build a new package with binaries of those same names and use
> alternatives? That Debian fork gzip? Something else?
I propose that we provide a separate package containing zcat, zless,
etc., remove them from gzip and make gzip depend on the new package.
As for who maintains the new package, no I am not volunteering.
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