Bug#592300: XZ Utils 5 status?
Lasse Collin wrote:
> On 2010-09-26 Thorsten Glaser wrote:
>> I’d rather suggest to abort if the memory for the compression level
>> selected cannot be allocated, but that may just be me. It’s uncon-
>> venient but unsurprising.
> That's what xz does now.
> Personally I can live with the current way, since I set limits via
> XZ_DEFAULTS anyway. But maybe some other way would reduce the number of
> bug reports.
I also like the current way, for what it's worth. Maybe a passage in
README or README.Debian, something like this, could help.
The memory usage of xz can vary from a few hundred
kilobytes to several gigabytes depending on the
compression settings. If you would like xz to
automatically scale down its settings while compressing
to decrease memory usage, you may want to add an
appropriate setting to /etc/environment or ~/.profile:
See the section on "Memory usage" in the xz(1) manual
page for details.