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Re: [PATCH 2/2] archive: avoid spawning `gzip`

On Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 09:51:02PM -0400, Jeff King wrote:
> I wondered how you were going to kick this in, since users can define
> arbitrary filters. I think it's kind of neat to automagically convert
> "gzip -cn" (which also happens to be the default). But I think we should
> mention that in the Documentation, in case somebody tries to use a
> custom version of gzip and wonders why it isn't kicking in.
> Likewise, it might make sense in the tests to put a poison gzip in the
> $PATH so that we can be sure we're using our internal code, and not just
> calling out to gzip (on platforms that have it, of course).
> The alternative is that we could use a special token like ":zlib" or
> something to indicate that the internal implementation should be used
> (and then tweak the baked-in default, too). That might be less
> surprising for users, but most people would still get the benefit since
> they'd be using the default config.

I agree that a special value (or NULL, if that's possible) would be
nicer here. That way, if someone does specify a custom gzip, we honor
it, and it serves to document the code better. For example, if someone
symlinked pigz to gzip and used "gzip -cn", then they might not get the
parallelization benefits they expected.

I'm fine overall with the idea of bringing the compression into the
binary using zlib, provided that we preserve the "-n" behavior
(producing reproducible archives).
brian m. carlson: Houston, Texas, US
OpenPGP: https://keybase.io/bk2204

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