GnomeGoal proposal: change AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE to create xz compressed pax tarballs

On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 04:34:12PM +0100, Javier Jardón wrote:
> On 21 May 2011 16:00, Olav Vitters <olav vitters nl> wrote:
> ...
> > Maybe even:
> >  AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE([1.11 no-dist-gzip dist-xz tar-pax])
> > I don't have any opinion about which tar format is best to switch to:
> I'd use tar-pax
> tar-pax is defined by the POSIX.1-2001 specification, see "posix" in
> [1], and It's the unique format without any restrictions (see the
> table in [1]). Indeed future version of tar will switch to posix by
> default.
> About portability,  POSIX.1-2001 is supported [2] since Solaris 10,
> that has been out for 5 years [3], so I guess if Solaris supports PAX
> for 5+ years, then everyone does :P

Propose a GnomeGoal to change AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE to have:
  AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE([1.11.1 no-dist-gzip dist-xz tar-pax])

If nooone objects to this I'd like to get this GnomeGoal up and running
asap (ideally before 3.1.2 unstable release on Jun 13).

The purpose is strictly about the tarball creation; the related goal at discusses all kinds of
other things but that's for someone else to drive through.


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