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Proposal: Make dist.sh use "gzip -n"

From: Max Bowsher <maxb_at_ukf.net>
Date: 2005-04-04 00:35:18 CEST

I would like to patch dist.sh to use the gzip -n option.

By default, gzip stores the original filename and the mtime of the file it
is compressing _inside_ the gzip file.
The presence of the mtime prevents me from downloading the bz2 file, and
locally un-bz2ing it then gzipping it, and getting the exact contents of the
official gz tarball. The -n switch prevents the name and mtime from being
stored, making this local transformation possible.

I want this to be possible, since I do not want to have to waste time
download the tarball twice in order to gpg-sign it.

Note that gzip _ignores_ the stored metadata when uncompressing, so there is
no adverse impact to this change.

Max.

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