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Re: Solving the compression dilema when rsync-ing Debian versions

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On Fri, Jan 12, 2001 at 09:20:38PM +0100, Jean-loup Gailly wrote:

> > As you know, it's been eons since the last upstream gzip release.
> > What are the chances of upstream being interested in making this
> > patch official?
> I am "upstream" and I do want to make gzip rsync-friendly by default (without
> even a --rsync option) since the cost in compression ratio is negligible. But
> I need help on the gzip development since I no longer have time to do
> everything myself. After my interview on SlashDot
> http://slashdot.org/interviews/00/03/10/1043247.shtml where I asked for help
> I got no serious offer. I need someone with data compression expertise and
> some experience with the maintenance of an open source project.

I wasn't implying that you were uninterested, just that the gzip source had
become so stable that no new releases had been necessary for a long time.  When
a piece of software becomes as vital as gzip, there can be a lot of inertia
involved in adding new features, for fear of breaking a lot of software.

Someone is out there with enough data compression expertise to be working on
patches to do this; perhaps they would be interested in helping you.

 - mdz

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