Re: The archive now supports xz compression
On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 09:19:55PM +0200, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> As Ansgar mentionned, it creates a new requirement: for debootstrap to work
> xz must be present and it's currently not present in debian-installer.
The main thing I consider to be difficult is that putting xz-compressed
packages in the base system requires people on foreign systems to have
an xz decompressor available. To a large extent this is outside our
> Since hardcoding gzip for base packages seems to be a bit brittle,
> we need to work towards allowing xz usage in debian-installer and accept
> it as a dependency for deboostrap on non-Debian systems (I don't think
> it's a big issue, xz is portable and is more and more widely used).
Can you quantify that? I don't have hard numbers for the non-Debian
systems where people report running debootstrap; perhaps you do ...
> I guess that a first step is to have an xz udeb...
No. busybox already has an unxz applet, so if we choose to do this then
we should enable that applet in busybox-udeb, not add a separate udeb.
Colin Watson [email@example.com]