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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject [compress] Thoughts on a 1.6 Release
Date Sun, 06 Oct 2013 14:26:55 GMT
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
  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

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 :-)


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