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Re: upstream tarball repackaging from bz2 to gz

"Toni Mueller" <toni@debian.org> wrote in message 20060903164904.4979.qmail@oak.oeko.net">news:20060903164904.4979.qmail@oak.oeko.net...


On Sun, 03.09.2006 at 19:45:23 +0300, George Danchev <danchev@spnet.net> wrote:
On Sunday 03 September 2006 19:18, Toni Mueller wrote:
> another question is whether we can possibly adapt the policy and tools
> to directly allow .bz2 files in Debian - we would benefit from smaller
> files, too.
Sounds great, but will represent a reasonable amount of time... probably
post-etch ? Another useful candidate to support would be pax, imho.

We should already support PAX being as PAX is just a new revision of the tar format.
Since we are pesumable using GNU tar to unpack the tarballs, pax should be
automatically supported (if the version of GNU tar is recent enough).

(Remember pax is not a compression format, just a tarring format. )

The pax utillity is just a command line interface to a tarring engine that really supports nothing GNU tar does not, but has an incompatible set of command line options. The GNU tar/cpio mantainer is working on a new version of the paxutils package (which currently supplies very very out of date copies of GNU tar, GNU cpio, and GNU pax). This is not a top priority though as GNU tar is much more of a standard than POSIX pax,
and it already can untar pax archives.

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