On Fri, 27 Jun 2003, Brett Glass wrote:

> At 02:08 AM 6/27/2003, Terry Lambert wrote:
>
> >> bzip2 - could be reimplemented

> >
> >Or ignored. The Unisys patent which caused it to be written has
> >expired (Welcome home, compress, we missed you!).

>
> bzip is actually better, because of the way it reorders files.
>


It does block sort - or rather apply Burrows-Hweeler transform (BWT)

> >> gzip - nasty, but re-implementable. Or we move to a non-GNU zip format.

> >
> >Compress, again.

>
> Can't bzip handle gzip archives?
>


no. Though you could in principle unify the two into one executable with
some savings.

> --Brett
>


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