Re: OFFTOPIC: Re: bzip2 for kernel dists?

H. Peter Anvin (
12 Dec 1997 11:09:06 GMT

Followup to: <>
By author: Martin von Loewis <>
In newsgroup:
> > Yeah, but when one converts everything to different format, especially one
> > which unlike gunzip, is not extermely popular and not used for years,
> > I would expect to find those bzip2 utitiles on, say,
> > in tar or tgz format.
> A fairly recent copy of bzip can be found on
> and all other egcs mirrors.
> Please note that gcc 2.7.2 is reported to miscompile bzip. I can
> confirm this report; I could not unpack egcs 1.0 with a bzip compiled
> with either 2.7.2 or egcs. Other reports indicate that reducing the
> optimization helps.
> In any case, I think it is up to the maintainers of
> to decide on distribution formats. If somebody does not like the
> packaging, she can always offer an automated or manual service that
> does the repackaging.

As far as the program bzip2 goes, I won't deal with the distribution
of it unless the maintainer of it asks me for a site, in which case
I'd be happy to provide a site, or if there is an "official" site I
can certainly mirror it, but as it is right now I don't have either.

I have started providing .bz2 files by virtue of an auto-conversion
script just because it has been reasonably frequently requested, and
*at the moment* we have enough disk space to accommodate the request.


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