[oe] [RFC] Preferring tar.bz2 over tar.gz if there's a choice
pmiscml at gmail.com
Fri Oct 20 23:33:31 CEST 2006
Nowadays, with multimegabyte software downloads, many projects
provide both tar.bz2 and tar.gz archives for downloads. I'd like to
make a proposal that we prefer tar.bz2 over .gz for obvious reason of
saving bandwidth and disk space for lots of people using OE. In
particular, I'd like to propose that it's ok to change .gz to .bz2 if
such case is spotted.
We should be reasonably safe with this, as gzip can be considered
pretty well a legacy archiver for big downloads now. The projects
which started use bzip2 hardly give it up. And of course, many
projects alreday use bzip2 solely, so it's not like adding a new
dependency for OE.
Specifically, I have such patches for gdb_6.4 and libxml2_2.6.26 now
in my tree.
(One would ask - why do I care up to the level of patchuing existing
recipes? I'm exactly one of bandwidth-challenged, so try to use cheap
local mirrors, and the mirrors of course usually have .bz2. I checked
taht upstream actually provides .bz2, of course.)
Paul mailto:pmiscml at gmail.com
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