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Re: RFC: Support for zstd in .deb packages?

Hi Ian,

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 2:03 PM Ian Jackson
<ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:
> Guillem Jover writes ("RFC: Support for zstd in .deb packages?"):
> > * Eternity contract: This would add yet another format that would need
> >   to be supported pretty much forever, to be able to at least unpack
> >   .deb's that might be available in the wild. This also increases the
> >   (Build-)Essential-set.
> This means that we should be much slower to adopt new compression
> schemes than projects where data compression is used for transport or
> short-term storage.
> I would say that a new compression scheme should be widely used for
> several years before we would consider it for source package and at
> least half a decade before we would adopt it for .debs.

I've updated the dpkg bug [1] to kindly ask for decompression support
in Bullseye which would enable adding compression support in Bookworm
which is most likely due to be released in 2023. Since the Linux
kernel added zstd support for btrfs in 2017 [2] support in Bookworm
would be more than a half decade from what I'd consider wide adoption.

> I am also concerned that we are the target of an advocacy campaign.
> Ian.


[1] https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=892664#59
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zstandard#Usage
Balint Reczey
Ubuntu & Debian Developer
I've updated #892664 (three times :-)) before sending this email to

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