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[Lzip-bug] Tarlz 0.12 released
Antonio Diaz Diaz
[Lzip-bug] Tarlz 0.12 released
Sun, 24 Feb 2019 19:05:28 +0100
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I am pleased to announce the release of tarlz 0.12.
Tarlz is a massively parallel (multi-threaded) combined implementation
of the tar archiver and the lzip compressor. Tarlz creates, lists and
extracts archives in a simplified posix pax format compressed with lzip,
keeping the alignment between tar members and lzip members. 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 compressed archives.
Tarlz can create tar archives with five levels of compression
granularity; per file, per block (default), per directory, appendable
solid, and solid.
Of course, compressing each file (or each directory) individually can't
achieve a compression ratio as high as compressing solidly the whole tar
archive, but it has the following advantages:
* 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:
Changes in version 0.12:
* When dumping a character special file or a block special file, the
devmajor and devminor fields were incorrectly filled with the values
corresponding to the device containing the special file instead of the
values corresponding to the special file itself.
* If when creating an archive tarlz can't find a user or group name
in the database, it now saves just the numerical uid/gid instead of
exiting with error status.
* When listing verbosely a character special file or a block special
file, the devmajor and devminor values are now shown.
* The new option '-d, --diff', which reports differences between
archive and file system, has been added.
* The new option '--ignore-ids', which tells '-d, --diff' to ignore
differences in owner and group IDs, has been added. This option is
useful when comparing an --anonymous archive.
* Listing of large seekable uncompressed archives is now much faster
because tarlz now skips over member data instead of reading it.
Please send bug reports and suggestions to address@hidden
Antonio Diaz, tarlz author and maintainer.
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