emergency file server cleanup
Matias A. Fonzo
selk at dragora.org
Wed Sep 24 04:31:28 UTC 2014
I'm sorry. I forgot to add the following notes:
El Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:18:54 -0300
"Matias A. Fonzo" <selk en dragora.org> escribió:
> El Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:23:43 -0300
> Alexandre Oliva <lxoliva en fsfla.org> escribió:
> > Hello, Matias,
> > On Sep 18, 2014, "Matias A. Fonzo" <selk en dragora.org> wrote:
> > > Have you considered to use sourceforge as alternative?. It has
> > > mirrors around the world.
> > Not really. But how would it have helped? I surely wouldn't
> > entrust the primary copy of the source tarballs to it, so I'd have
> > to keep them on our server anyway...
> Of course not. The good thing is that SourceForge has a network of
> mirrors which represents availability around the world. Even if
> SourceForge is down or are prohibiting access to other countries. You
> would have a copy somewhere.
> > > Why? Lzip can compress more than xz with a bit of tuning via
> > > --options.
> > Maybe it can, but when I compared the sizes of the files to decide
> > which one to keep, .xz files were consistently (if slightly) smaller
> > than .lz ones.
> > Maybe I'm not using the best options to compress tarballs, vcdiffs
> > and xdeltas with lzip. Suggestions are certainly welcome.
> Probably `lzip -m64 -s64MiB' should be enough. This is equal to the
> values of xz (match-length and dictionary size). Of course, this will
> increase the memory usage in the decompression, because the dictionary
> size has been incremented. In any case, consumes less memory than xz:
> http://mattmahoney.net/dc/text.html (See the Ranking)
If the time is a problem (compressing/decompressing), there is a
version of lzip written in C -- called clzip, it may be a little
faster since it does not link to libstdc++. But there is plzip "A
multi-threaded compressor using the lzip file format".
> > > And it is not forcing users to possess a lot of memory to
> > > decompress .xz.
> > That is a point I was not aware of, so I had not taken into account.
> > > Lzip was designed for long-term archiving, having a
> > > tool to recover corrupt files.
> > I very much doubt it could recover corrupt files to the point that
> > the original signature would match, because that would require a
> > lot of redundancy to be added, which is the opposite of what a
> > compressor is supposed to do. And if the original signature
> > doesn't match, I wouldn't trust the result, especially given that
> > we have alternate paths to obtain the tarballs.
> I'm not the right person to answer. I think Antonio is subscribed to
> the list, he can give the details.
> > > Ideal for linux-libre, especially because
> > > it is under the GPL.
> > Yup, lzip remains the promoted compression format in the GNU
> > Linux-libre Free Software Directory page.
> > Thanks for your feedback and for educating me on another aspect in
> > which lzip is superior,
> Thanks for linux-libre.
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