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Re: [opensuse-factory] RFC: Replacing default gzip and bzip2 command line tools
On Sun, 4 Sep 2011 00:51:09 +0200, Rüdiger Meier <sweet_f_a@xxxxxx>
wrote:

To say it again I like pigz. But renaming ... ?

Why not replacing it in /usr/bin/compress - the Posix way to define a Z
compressor. If user asks for gzip please give him gzip.

Then 99% of all users will continue to use gzip just because they
don't know better. And all mime rules will continue to use gzip
because it's hardcoded in them. No, replacing gzip and bzip2 is the
right way, but only if they are 100% compatible and at least pigz is
not! It currently doesn't accept '--' as an option to say 'only
parameters here after' and thus tools like quilt will stop working. So
pigz and pbzip2 must also be made 100% compatible in options before
you think about replacing the old tools.

Philipp
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