Compressing distribution tarballs for release with xz

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at
Mon Aug 9 08:51:22 CEST 2010

On dim., 2010-08-08 at 23:40 +0200, Nick Schermer wrote:
> I wonder if this is a big improvement. Even if for example the
> tarballs are, say, 40% smaller. The biggest tarball (4mb from thunar i
> think, but a lot smaller for the rest of the packages) will be 1 or
> 2mb smaller, do we care about that? And how portable is xz, because a
> lot of people tend to run recent versions of Xfce on old distros. 

Another question is the balance between compression ratio and time
compressing/decompressing, CPU/Mem usage etc.

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