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The following reply was made to PR pkg/42967; it has been noted by GNATS.
Subject: Re: pkg/42967
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:37:19 -0400
I also agree. 7z support is an addition to pkgsrc that is seriously needed. I
have been working on packaging a couple of packages that distribute their
distfiles in .7z format.
It doesn't seem fair to ask upstream to package their distfile in another
format when this format is highly portable, already in pkgsrc, and because we
don't feel like supporting it at the moment.
Whether or not 7zip replaces zip on the Window platform is not a good argument
against its support. It's there. Some people use it. It doesn't seem to be
going away for a while. Even if it did, why would we not want to support it?
Isn't the whole idea of NetBSD and pkgsrc is that it runs on pretty much
everything? Not wanting to support this archive format seems to run counter to
Sadly, this PR was opened over 2.5 years ago and 7zip archive support is still
not included in pkgsrc. pkgsrc is now frozen and this might not happen for
another quarterly stable release. I do not understand this obstinance from
seasoned pkgsrc developers to minute infrastructure changes in pkgsrc,
especially when these changes are both needed and useful.
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