[GSoC][Binaries support] Architecture
Anders F Björklund
afb at macports.org
Sat Mar 26 08:59:13 PDT 2011
Joshua Root wrote:
>> * Compressing packages: I think it's a good idea use liblzma, like
>> slackware and arch linux are doing. It has a great compression and low
>> decompression time, and cost only a little more for compressing than
> Note that this would require the code to be added to base, since OS X
> doesn't ship with lzma/xz. What's the licensing situation with that?
> We'd really prefer to keep base fully BSD licensed.
All the extraction code needed (lzmadec, xzdec, liblzma) is in
the public domain. So it shouldn't be a problem, license-wise...
But if you don't want to make it a run-time/bin or build-time/lib
requirement, it does add some 30,000 lines of code to include it.
This, and inertia, was why I suggested using the existing ".tbz2".
There was some kind of similar argument for RMD-160, over SHA-256.
But even if it was to use .tgz and MD5, it would _still_ be an
improvement over having nothing. So use whatever gets it going ?
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