@federicomena taking over bzip2 and rustifying it means that we should really stop using it now. I mean bzip2 was crap for a long time.
While Rust is an interesting language, it's not sufficiently portable, and a maintenance nightmare for stable distribution releases, and using it in low-level libraries like bzip2 is reckless.
FWiW, bzip2 being crap meant that it does not really have a use anymore since xz arrived on the scene, except for legacy file format support.
I do admire @federicomena's interest in Rust and the memory safety Rust can offer to compression libraries, but basically, for the use case I'm concerned about we should have stopped using it years ago.
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