On Saturday 2008-11-29 17:30, Ralf Wildenhues wrote: >> On Friday 2008-11-28 21:37, Bob Friesenhahn wrote: >> > >> > It makes sense to me that periodically Automake maintainers make an >> > evaluation (and with the blessing of the FSF) intentionally >> > deprecate generation of certain archive types as new archive types >> > are added. The intention would be to diminish the number of archive >> > types, which needlessly clog disk space and consume developer time. > >I don't understand. The default is to create gzip'ed archives only. >That hasn't changed in more than a decade. And gzip isn't going to go >away as the default format, if only because that is by far the most >portable one. Package authors can tweak to their liking which sets of >archives they wish to generate, and that includes not generating gzip.
Speaking of tweaking, how about adding some flags than can be used with AUTOMAKE_OPTIONS= so that only dist-* targets of a specific compression are output. Makes for a smaller Makefile in the end.