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From Gary Gregory <>
Subject Re: [compress] Thoughts on a 1.6 Release
Date Sun, 06 Oct 2013 14:31:37 GMT
In general I like the release early, release often model. WRT helping
I'm afraid that ATM I won't be able to do more than help with checking
an RC.


On Oct 6, 2013, at 10:27, Stefan Bodewig <> wrote:

> Hi all
> we've already had users asking for a new release - in particular because
> of 7z support.
> From the top of my head there are two things I'd like to address before
> the release and one that would be nice but I know I won't find time to
> look into.
> Should go into the release:
> * support for writing compressed 7z archives.  In particular I'd love to
>  have SevenZOutputFile default to LZMA2 compression with the release.
> * look into and potentially fix date and permission handling issues in
>  arj.
>  I've created a test arj archive on Linux and Compress doesn't read the
>  date properly.  It is quite possible the Unix versions of arj create
>  different date fields and I want to look into the Open Source C arj
>  implementation to figure out what's up - same for permissions, which
>  I've only added because I saw the Linux version supported them.
> Nice to have:
> * decompression support in arj.  I'm afraid this takes quite a bit of
>  effort.
> If you have anything to add, please do.  Also, if you want to look into
> the new APIs for LZMA, arj or 7z before the release when we might change
> it without fear of breaking anything, please do so soon.  Real world
> tests of the new code against existing files would be great as well.
> The amount of time I have at hand (as well as my enthusiasm, TBH) comes
> in unpredictable bursts, so I can't give a timeframe for the release.
> Helpings hands are more than welcome :-)
> Stefan
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