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Re: [lzip-bug] FYI: Serious Design Flaws

From: Antonio Diaz Diaz
Subject: Re: [lzip-bug] FYI: Serious Design Flaws
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 16:53:51 +0100
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Dear Mr. Males,

John L. Males wrote:
With all due respect going forward I will not use, nor suggest
others use lzip.   This is because of serious design issues
that cause extremely serious consequences.

Lzip has been designed, written, and tested with great care to become a safe format for long term archiving. It is in the interest of everybody that if it has any flaw, this flaw is fixed or, if it is an unfixable flaw with "extremely serious consecuences", that a new version free from that flaw is designed.

I'm sure all the users of lzip (including myself) would be grateful if you were so kind to tell us what the problem is, so that it can be fixed.

Moreover, given that the lzip format is basically an improvement on the gzip format (see chapter "Design, development, and testing of lzip" in the lzip manual[1]), I'm sure the maintainers and users of gzip would be also interested in knowing your findings.

[1] http://www.nongnu.org/lzip/manual/lzip_manual.html#Quality-assurance

I have no desire to explain, not document the design issues.

Would you at least explain us what "extremely serious consecuences" have you observed?


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