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SubjectRe: Smaller compressed kernel source tarballs?
>> widely used until there is an "lzip" which does the same thing.  I 
>> actually started the work of adding LZMA support to gzip, but then
>> realized it would be better if a new encapsulation format with proper
>> 64-bit support everywhere was created.
>It doesn't handle streaming?
>So you can't do: tar c dirname | 7zip dirname.tar.7z ?

man 7z [slightly changed for reasonability]:

Read data from StdIn (eg: tar -c directory | 7z a -si directory.tar.7z)

Jan Engelhardt
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