Am 05.12.2010 20:39, schrieb "Martin v. Löwis":
I wonder if it's still necessary to provide .tar.bz2 and .tgz source tarballs. If anything, it would be nice to provide .tar.xz in addition to .tar.bz2, which has a nicer compression ratio:
Looking at download statistics, for the 2.7 release, in July, we had these numbers of downloads:
Python-2.7.tgz 32059 Python-2.7.tar.bz2 24986 python-2.7.msi 577240
In November, the numbers were
Python-2.7.tgz 24535 Python-2.7.tar.bz2 20797 python-2.7.msi 569328
OK, so the tgz is still more popular than the bz2 one, and that means it shouldn't go away.
I've decided to make tar.xz tarballs available for the remaining 3.2 prereleases; we'll see if anyone at all is interested in them.
As for the .zip version, I've not found any requests for a source download with Windows-specific newlines. I suppose that developers either check out directly from SVN, or have decompression programs and editors that can cope.