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[Lzip-bug] Tarlz 0.10a released
Antonio Diaz Diaz
[Lzip-bug] Tarlz 0.10a released
Mon, 04 Feb 2019 15:56:10 +0100
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I am pleased to announce the release of tarlz 0.10a.
Tarlz is a combined implementation of the tar archiver and the lzip
compressor. By default tarlz creates, lists and extracts archives in a
simplified posix pax format compressed with lzip on a per file basis.
Each tar member is compressed in its own lzip member, as well as the
end-of-file blocks. This method adds an indexed lzip layer on top of the
tar archive, making it possible to decode the archive safely in
parallel. The resulting multimember tar.lz archive is fully backward
compatible with standard tar tools like GNU tar, which treat it like any
other tar.lz archive. Tarlz can append files to the end of such
Tarlz can create tar archives with four levels of compression
granularity; per file, per directory, appendable solid, and solid.
Of course, compressing each file (or each directory) individually is
less efficient than compressing the whole tar archive, but it has the
* The resulting multimember tar.lz archive can be decompressed in
parallel, multiplying the decompression speed.
* New members can be appended to the archive (by removing the EOF
member) just like to an uncompressed tar archive.
* It is a safe posix-style backup format. In case of corruption,
tarlz can extract all the undamaged members from the tar.lz
archive, skipping over the damaged members, just like the standard
(uncompressed) tar. Moreover, the option '--keep-damaged' can be
used to recover as much data as possible from each damaged member,
and lziprecover can be used to recover some of the damaged members.
* A multimember tar.lz archive is usually smaller than the
corresponding solidly compressed tar.gz archive, except when
individually compressing files smaller than about 32 KiB.
Note that the posix pax format has a serious flaw. The metadata stored
in pax extended records are not protected by any kind of check sequence.
Because of this, tarlz protects the extended records with a CRC in a way
compatible with standard tar tools.
The homepage is at http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/tarlz.html
An online manual for tarlz can be found at
The sources can be downloaded from
The sha256sum is:
Note that this release has version 0.10a because a fatal flaw was found
in 0.10 after it was released but before it was annonced. (I should have
used 0.10.1 instead).
Changes in version 0.10a:
* The new option '--bsolid', which selects per-data-block compression
of the archive, has been added. This option improves compression
efficiency for archives with lots of small files.
* The new option '-B, --data-size', which sets the size of the input
data blocks for '--bsolid', has been added.
* If an extended header is required for any reason (for example a
file size larger than 8 GiB or a link name longer than 100 bytes), tarlz
now moves the filename also to the extended header to prevent an ustar
tool from trying to extract the file or link. This also makes easier
during parallel extraction or listing the detection of a tar member
split between two lzip members at the boundary between the extended
header and the ustar header.
Please send bug reports and suggestions to address@hidden
Antonio Diaz, tarlz author and maintainer.
If you care about long-term archiving, please help me replace xz with
lzip. See http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/lzip_benchmark.html#xz1
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