Re: Using .tar.xz only on

Germán Póo-Caamaño wrote:
>> I am not trying to criticise the effort rather than trying to
>> understand why is this such a big win.
> The explanation is in the following previous thread:
> The problem is not storage, it is bandwidth.

Ah, I'd missed that.

This email says: "Last time it was asked (lots of years ago), there was
a mention that not everyone has 'bzip2'" - it seems the same is true
today of .xz.

So why not adopt the intermediate solution - drop .gz, and support only
.bz2 and .xz?

I also read with interest the xdelta stuff. The assumption seems to be
that many people downloading tarballs have the previous version already.
I would say that's a minority usecase... for my part, I tend to delete
tarballs after downloading & uncompressing them. And I'm sure that
anyone who might download every .tar.gz is using git. So most .tar.gz
downloads are probably not for every version, just one now & again,
perhaps when an app requires a module that isn't yet packaged.

I would be interested to see download stats for the xd3 files once they
go live! xdelta3 is very cool, even if few people use it.


Dave Neary
GNOME Foundation member
dneary gnome org

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