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Re: /usr/share/doc/ files and gzip/xz/no compression

On Tue, 16 Aug 2011, Iustin Pop <iustin@debian.org> wrote:
> There is also information on Wikipedia about various compression
> benchmarks, but IMHO if we want to switch from gzip then bzip2
> doesn't make sense for /usr/share/doc.

I'd like to see zless work transparently with bzip and xz compressed files.  
There's really no need for three different wrapper programs when the zless 
program can just consult the magic db to determine which decompression program 
to use.

A switch inevitably involves a period of time where we have a mixture of 
compression methods in use.  Even after that there will be a variety of old 
data (I'm sure that I'm not the only person who has been using gzip for most 
things because it's usually good enough and it's a matter of habit).  As most 
Unix commands aren't consciously typed having multiple variants of zless would 
be a real drag.

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