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Re: [proposal] use xz compression for Debian package by default

Marco wrote:
>On Aug 29, Guillem Jover <guillem@debian.org> wrote:
>> I thought this was already the consensus, and the only dissenting
>> opinion was that the base system should still be using gzip so that
>> foreign non-Debian systems can unpack it w/o requiring to build or
>> install xz beforehand.
>I am not sure if there was a consensus that we really need to care so 
>much about systems where xz is not installed by default.

People have worried about it, but I think the consensus from DebConf
is that we don't want to be hampered in our own development by
considering external users *that* much. We {have added,will add} code
to debootstrap to check if xz is available and fail with a useful
error message if it's not found.

>> Given the recent flurry of several packaging helpers and packages
>> switching to use xz, I think for jessie what makes most sense is
>> to switch all base packages to explicitly compress with gzip and then
>This looks like a lot of work for a dubious gain.


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