RE: OFFTOPIC: Re: bzip2 for kernel dists? (fwd)

Peter Horton (
Sat, 13 Dec 1997 01:39:33 +0000 (GMT)

You could try instead ...


On Fri, 12 Dec 1997, James Mastros wrote:

> Sorry to send two nearly identical mails to linux-kernel, but I noticed that
> I mispelled the e-mail of the author of bzip2, and relised that I should
> have mentioned the following URLs:
> -- bzip2's offical web page, to which I am
> having troube connecting to (don't worry, admin, I'm having trouble
> connecting to many sites...)
> OK, on second thought, worry. I'm getting squid errors (from the remote
> end). Looks like demon's problem, but I let jstewart handle it <G>.
> On Fri, 12 Dec 1997, Adam McKee wrote:
> [snip all the part vaugely related to the linux kernel]
> > The succession of LZ77-based compression by BWT-based
> > compression is inevitable as machines get faster. But it will take some
> > time to replace a standard as strongly entrenched as gzip. gzip is an
> > absolutely superb LZ77-based compressor - maybe even the best of its kind.
> >
> > How about integrating the BWT-based compression in bzip2 into gzip in
> > order to speed the transition and make it easier?
> >
> > gzip -bwt? Just an idea.
> Sounds good to me, but I would implement this in the reverse way -- have
> bzip2 understand .bzip, .bzip2, .gz, and .Z archives (possibly just by
> forking gzip), and have a -z and -Z option. Also, default to -z when
> executed as g{un+""}zip, and -Z when executed as {de|""}compress. (bzip
> only on decompress, due to copyright/tm problems).
> (Note: I'm adding a CC to the author of bzip2)
> -=- James Mastros
> --
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> the keyspace".
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