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Re: RPM roadmapping

On 8/1/07, Nils Philippsen <nphilipp redhat com> wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-07-27 at 15:40 +0300, Panu Matilainen wrote:
> > I know I'm opening up Pandoras box here but what the heck, it's Friday and
> > I'm feeling slightly bored...
> I can't recall this having been brought up yet, but sometimes my memory
> is spotty and it seems that the mail client's search function doesn't
> work properly...
> Anyway, if we're talking about huge changes in RPM, I'd like the 2GB
> payload barrier to be gone. This will most probably mean having to get
> rid of cpio as the underlying archive format as even with fixes in the
> code, cpio can't handle more than 4GB (some 32bit integers used in the
> format AFAIK). We have other archive formats that don't have this
> limitation, so (ignoring compatibility issues of old RPM version with a
> new format) I can't see compelling reasons why this shouldn't be
> feasible.
> Nils

Since someone started this, can someone brief me on the choice of cpio
vs. gz, bz2, etc?

I'm assuming it wasn't a random choice, and there was/is some
technical reason for it.

Fedora Core 6 and proud

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