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SubjectRe: [PATCH] init: bzip2 or lzma -compressed kernels and initrds
Rob Landley wrote:
>
> Actually, from what I've seen the main reason lzma doesn't get used for
> tarballs a lot is that whoever originally created it didn't include a
> fingerprint. You can go "file tar.gz" or "file tar.bz2" and it can figure
> out by looking at the contents of the file what it _is_, but last I checked
> there's no obvious way to tell an lzma file from the output of /dev/urandom.
> This causes all sorts of small but annoying problems, and discourages its use
> a bit...
>

Both 7zip and LZMA-Utils have serious file format problems. The author
of LZMA-Utils is working on a new format, which is likely to be widely
adopted once it materializes.

-hpa


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