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Re: Why aren't ELPA packages compressed?

From: Tom Tromey
Subject: Re: Why aren't ELPA packages compressed?
Date: Tue, 05 May 2015 07:12:54 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

>>>>> "Ulrich" == Ulrich Mueller <address@hidden> writes:

Ulrich> Some packages in ELPA have sizes around 5 MB, so I wonder why they can
Ulrich> only be downloaded as uncompressed tarballs?

Ulrich> Everything that is necessary to handle compressed files should already
Ulrich> be there in Emacs.

When I wrote package.el, one goal was that installing a package would
not require any external tool.  So, e.g., that is why I chose tar
archives and not some other format -- tar-mode.el can unpack them
without a helper.

>From NEWS I see that zlib was added in 24.  So, that's the reason -- at
the time it wasn't available.  It sounds like it is optional, though,
which seems like a problem for users.


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