F21 System Wide Change: lbzip2 as default bzip2 implementation

Chris Adams linux at cmadams.net
Wed Apr 2 21:39:59 UTC 2014

Once upon a time, Mikolaj Izdebski <mizdebsk at redhat.com> said:
> lbzip2 does not (at least not yet) provide interfaces of libbz2 library,
> only command line tools.  This Change does *not* affect users of libbz2.

Is there enough of a gain to the system to only partially replace a core
program like this (especially with alternatives)?  This seems like a
case where either we get a "new and improved and replaces the old"
version (where the new one just obsoletes the old one, such as the
jpeg-turbo change), or just leave it alone.

Please understand, I don't mean to "attack" you or your code.  I just
think adding a second implementation of a core utility like bzip2 is a
bad idea unless there is a significant gain.  If there's a point where
lbzip2 can fully replace bzip2 (so all CLI and API uses), and there are
good benefits, then Fedora should just replace the old implementation
with a new one.

Chris Adams <linux at cmadams.net>

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