Re: [dev][sbase] Proposal of suckless compression

From: Dimitris Papastamos <>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:47:56 +0100

On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 05:42:45AM +0100, Ralph Eastwood wrote:
> I don't think the compression format is defined by POSIX; as far as I
> can see XZ is really recent but has gained traction in some
> distributions. In terms of actual usefulness, this compression scheme
> would be a nice addition for suckless based tools to use e.g. package
> manager etc. Use outside of suckless is harder to gauge; there are a
> lot of compression methods out there.

That was my intention too, we have a package manager[0] for morpheus[1]
that currently uses libarchive. I'd like to see how well it works with
this new tool/lib. Since sbase is envisioned to be part of the base system
I'd not worry too much about the compression format. After all, this
is highly experimental. There's a possibility that this might turn
out to suck. We'll see.

libarchive seems relatively sensible to use and has focus on static
linking and code size reduction but it still is VERY huge (nearing 100ksloc
or so?)

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