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Re: gzip-1.3.11 feedback

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: gzip-1.3.11 feedback
Date: Wed, 07 Feb 2007 20:40:38 -0800
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Matthew Burgess <address@hidden> writes:

> The symlink 
> to `compress' is put in simply because it seems odd that `uncompress' would 
> be present but not its counterpart.  Was there a specific reason that 
> `compress' has been left out of the gzip package?

Yes, old patent restrictions.  It's not correct to link 'gzip' to
'compress', since 'compress' is supposed to use a different (formerly
patented) algorithm.  One of these days we may add support for
'compress' to 'gzip', but it's not there now.

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