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Proposal: Compress releases using xz instead of gzip #1872

randombit opened this Issue Mar 29, 2019 · 3 comments


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commented Mar 29, 2019

It seems like these days xz is quite common, my understanding it is built into macOS Finder now, 7-Zip supports it, and of course it works on Linux/Unix. It also saves quite a bit of space, reducing the release file by about 1.5 MiB:

Format Size %gzip
gzip 7246839 100%
bzip2 6376353 88%
xz 5547524 76%

I'm going to add a notice to the 2.10 changelog and advertise the change on the mailing list. If no objections are raised then 2.11 onwards will be compressed with xz instead of gzip.


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commented Mar 30, 2019

I understand that zpaq and kgb than xz


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commented Mar 30, 2019

Balancing compression ratio and wide-spread availability, xz seems best. For instance afaik neither zpaq nor kgb are supported by macOS Finder. It's nice to save space but making someone install a special tool they wouldn't otherwise use just to decompress a release adds a lot of friction.


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commented Mar 31, 2019

As far as Fedora packaging is concerned this is fine.

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