In userspace, the .lzma format has become mostly a legacy file format that
got superseded by the .xz format. Similarly, LZMA Utils was superseded by
These patches add support for XZ decompression into the kernel. Most of
the code is as is from XZ Embedded <http://tukaani.org/xz/embedded.html>.
It was written for the Linux kernel but is usable in other projects too.
Advantages of XZ over the current LZMA code in the kernel:
- Nice API that can be used by other kernel modules; it's
not limited to kernel, initramfs, and initrd decompression.
- Integrity check support (CRC32)
- BCJ filters improve compression of executable code on
certain architectures. These together with LZMA2 can
produce a few percent smaller kernel or Squashfs images
than plain LZMA without making the decompression slower.
This patch: Add the main decompression code (xz_dec), testing module
(xz_dec_test), wrapper script (xz_wrap.sh) for the xz command line tool,
and documentation. The xz_dec module is enough to have a usable XZ
decompressor e.g. for Squashfs.
Signed-off-by: Lasse Collin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "H. Peter Anvin" <email@example.com>
Cc: Alain Knaff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Albin Tonnerre <email@example.com>
Cc: Phillip Lougher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <email@example.com>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <firstname.lastname@example.org>