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Re: [Lzip-bug] Missing .tar.gz file of some projects

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: Re: [Lzip-bug] Missing .tar.gz file of some projects
Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 16:46:01 +0200
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Hello Juan.

Juan Francisco Cantero Hurtado wrote:
Hi, I'm working on a port of the lzip project for OpenBSD. The problem is some lzip projects only have tarballs compressed with lzip and our ports framework doesn't support this filetype yet. Can you upload a tarball compressed with gzip of every project?

Thanks for packaging lzip.

I guess the "lzip projects" you are referring to are lziprecover and lzd. The first is only useful to users of lzip. The second, only to students of computer science.

I'll provide a gzip tarball for the next version of lziprecover to be released this month. I do not think that making a binary package of lzd is needed; no user would want to use it[1]:

"Lzd is a simplified decompressor for lzip files with an educational purpose. Studying its source is a good first step to understand how lzip works. It is not safe to use lzd for any real work."

[1] http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/lzd.html

I know that I could compress the tarball myself or to decompress the tarball with a pipe but both solutions are suboptimal.

I hope lzip support will be soon added to the ports framework, because some GNU packages are already being distributed as lzip tarballs[2]:

"Various compression formats are used on the server: .gz is gzip (http://gnu.org/software/gzip); .bz2 is bzip2 (http://bzip.org); .xz is xz (http://tukaani.org/xz); .lz is lzip (http://lzip.nongnu.org/lzip.html)."

[2] http://www.gnu.org/prep/ftp.html

Best regards,

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