Issues with the XZ-utils instructions

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 19:51:21 PST 2011


William Immendorf wrote:
> There are some new issues with the XZ-utils instructions:
> 
>  1. There is a redundant PREFIX=/tools in the Ch5 make install command
> (it's redundant because --prefix=/tools is arleady passed to the
> configure command)

You're right.  I was going from the bzip2 instructions, but that isn't 
fully autotooled like xz utils are.

>  2. XZ-utils is considered a core compression utility (like Bzip2 and
> Gzip), yet the programs are not on the root partition.

I really didn't consider it a core compression utility since I've never 
really *needed* it.  However, both gzip and bzip2 are in /bin.  When I 
look at some other distros, I don't see bzip2 in /bin let alone xz.  The 
FHS is really old and doesn't address either.

The thing is that there is one symlink that would be broken with your 
suggested changes, lzmore, but it seems inconsistent to have 
lz{cmp,diff,grep,{,e,f}grep,less} in one directory and lzma,unlzma, and 
lzcat in another.  The same logic goes for the xz* files.

I note that we do split bzip2 files in the way you suggest.

I'd like to get other opinions on this.

>  3. The docs are installed in an non-versioned directory.

OK, I'll fix that.

   -- Bruce



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