pkgtools and xz compressor

andrew clarke mail at
Fri Jan 1 01:52:49 UTC 2010


I notice FreeBSD 7.2's pkg_add, pkg_create, etc don't have support for
the xz compressor, evidently due to lack of support for the xz format
in bsdtar.  Does bsdtar support xz in FreeBSD 8.0?  Failing that, is
xz support for the pkgtools something being looked at in future?

xz's compression ratios tend to be much better than bzip2's, eg.

-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 27360899 2009-12-05 03:20 samba-3.0.37,1.tbz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 16672892 2010-01-01 12:15 samba-3.0.37,1.tar.xz

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