GNU bug report logs - #10411
Add support for user-defined compressors (was: Re: Automake 1.11.2 released)

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Package: automake; Severity: wishlist; Reported by: Stefano Lattarini <stefano.lattarini@HIDDEN>; dated Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:22:02 UTC; Maintainer for automake is bug-automake@HIDDEN.
Severity set to 'wishlist' from 'normal' Request was from Stefano Lattarini <stefano.lattarini@HIDDEN> to control <at> debbugs.gnu.org. Full text available.

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From: Stefano Lattarini <stefano.lattarini@HIDDEN>
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Subject: Add support for user-defined compressors (was: Re: Automake 1.11.2
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Severity: whishlist
thanks

On 12/27/2011 08:21 PM, Antonio Diaz Diaz wrote:
> Hello Bob, and thanks.
> 
> Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
>>
>> The approach that lzip used satisifies the standard GNU-mandated
>> configuration requirements.  Due to using only standard C++, it only
>> needs to configure aspects such as the compiler used and installation
>> prefix. This approach leads to a very small source package similar to
>> that of gzip and bzip2.  The drawback of using standard C++ is that
>> C++ has only been standardized since 1998 and a C++-runtime library
>> is required in order for lzip to be used.  This means that lzip might
>> not be available in every possible circumstance (but there is always
>> the gzip fallback).
> 
> For those "possible circumstances" there is clzip[1], a C89 versión
> of lzip. And for even more stripped down systems there is lunzip[2],
> a small C89 decompressor.
> 
> [1] http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/clzip.html
> [2] http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/lunzip.html
> 
> 
> BTW Stefano, what do you think about supporting parallel versions of
> the compressors, like lbzip2 <http://freecode.com/projects/lbzip2> or
> plzip <http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/plzip.html>?
>
I think it's about time we introduce an API that will allow maintainers
to easily plug-in their own compressor :-)  Implementing that shouldn't
be too difficult, given the similarity and duplication among the various
`dist-*' targets.  The slightly trickier part will be devising an API
that is complete and simple enough.  I'm CC:ing bug-automake so that we
won't forget about the issue.

Regards,
  Stefano




Acknowledgement sent to Stefano Lattarini <stefano.lattarini@HIDDEN>:
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