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Re: zip files of Windows builds of emacs


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: zip files of Windows builds of emacs
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 10:59:57 +0200

> Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2005 15:49:41 -0500
> From: "Matthew M. Boedicker" <address@hidden>
> 
> It would be convenient if the Windows builds of emacs were distributed
> (on the FTP site) as zip files instead of tar.gz's.

The GNU FTP site has a program, called djtarnt.exe, that you can
download and use for that.  The file README should explain that.

> Windows does not include anything that can unpack tar.gz's by
> default, but it does include an unzipping utility.

Not really true, as many Windows installations have WinZip, which
supports .tar.gz archives.

The problem with producing a .zip archive is that there's (AFAIK) no
zip utility that is Free Software in the sense the GNU project uses
that term.  So the FSF doesn't want to produce a .zip archive so as
not to promote non-Free software.  Alternative measures, such as
having djtarnt.exe on the FTP site, are supposed to help in solving
this conundrum.




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