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Re: better default support for parallel compression

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: better default support for parallel compression
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2021 13:15:10 -0700
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On 11/3/21 22:13, Mike Frysinger wrote:
with the rise of commodity multicore computing, tar feels a bit antiquated in
that it still defaults to single (de)compression.  it feels like the defaults
could & should be more intelligent.  has any thought been given to supporting
parallel (de)compression by default ?

Not really. Some thought would be required, I assume. For example, parallelizing decompression might hurt performance, as 'tar' is typically I/O bound in that case. It'd be nice if someone could think this through and do some performance measures.

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