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Re: Size matters. 7zip. Again.

On Wed, Feb 15, 2006 at 06:45:21PM +0100, Eduard Bloch wrote:
> #include <hallo.h>
> * Lars Wirzenius [Wed, Feb 15 2006, 10:42:02AM]:
> > (Once we use .tar.bz2, the sizes will be even smaller.)
> I cannot remember a clear consens from the "Size matters" thread, and
> IMO we should go for 7zip at least for source packages.

There are a lot of problems with 7zip.

They continue to fix various segfault bugs.

It is rather windows-centric in its approach in many ways.

They've recently added support for symlinks and file permission bits,
and still don't support storing of uid/gid.  You can probably pretty
much forget storage of hard links and sparse files.

I wouldn't be surprised to find various security bugs that have been
long-since fixed in tar, such as unpacking files with names such as
../../../etc/passwd or whatnot.

You may say that some of these don't matter for source archives.  That
is true to a certain extent, but security does matter there still.

-- John

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