Dropping bzip2 release tarballs?

Ben Gamari ben at well-typed.com
Wed Jan 13 16:19:19 UTC 2016

tl;dr do you rely on the .bz2 release tarballs on downloads.haskell.org?
      If so, let us know!

Hello everyone,

As you may have noticed, a few releases ago we started producing
xz-compressed binary distributions in addition to the usual bzip2

While preparing 8.0.1-rc1 it was suggested that we move to distributing
xz tarballs exclusively. Not only would this move reduce storage and
bandwidth demands on our infrastructure but it would also simplify the
job of producing the distributions. Indeed there is plenty of precendent 
for projects who have moved exclusively to xz (the Linux kernel and git
being two examples).

Of course, these reasons alone aren't sufficient to abandon those who
might rely on our bzip2 tarballs. If you feel strongly that we should
continue to distribute bzip2 tarballs, please let us know.


- Your friendly GHC packaging gnomes
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 472 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://mail.haskell.org/pipermail/glasgow-haskell-users/attachments/20160113/b15766bf/attachment.sig>

More information about the Glasgow-haskell-users mailing list