[TriLUG] Availability of bzip2 in 20 years?
rjoffe at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 25 22:15:10 EST 2006
As a side note,
How many of you still have compress/uncompress binaries on your distribution
of choice ?
On Saturday 25 November 2006 21:57, Steve Litt wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm considering backing up to bzip2 instead of gzip (.tgz) to pack more on
> a single DVD. I'm getting close to 2 full DVDs, and I'd hate for my backups
> to span 3.
> So in other words,
> tar cjvf mybup.tar.bz2 mydir
> instead of
> tar czvf mybup.tgz mydir
> My question is this: 20 years from now, will it be trivially easy to find
> software to decode bzip2. I'm sure it will be trivially easy to decode
> gzipped tars -- that's been a standard for years and years. Is bzip2 here
> to stay, or will it be dropped as years go by?
> I'm serious about this. I often look at computer programs I wrote in 1984.
> I still regularly use Micrografx Windows Draw drawings I made in 1992 (this
> remains my one major reason for keeping a Windows machine around). Will
> tar.bz2 be decodable in 20 years?
> Steve Litt
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