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Re: [Lzip-bug] Source code repository for lzip

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: Re: [Lzip-bug] Source code repository for lzip
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:59:41 +0100
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Michał Górny wrote:
It also makes it easier to contribute and reference the code
(especially if it comes with a public viewer like gitweb).

Only if you have the needed software installed and know how to use it. Else it makes more difficult to contribute. I have experienced it myself.

I was more wondering about the number of contributors. Unless I am
missing something, you seem to be the only person that has ever
contributed to lzip, and this makes me worry about the bus factor.

Laszlo Ersek contributed the whole first version of plzip. And all the (de)compression code of pdlzip is from Igor Pavlov.

Compressors are mainly one person undertakings (even xz). A certain level of understanding of the algorithm is required to work on one of them.

In fact the bus factor is more of a problem for xz than for lzip or bzip2, because they both are much simpler than xz and therefore it is easier for a new maintainer to understand them fully.


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