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.

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