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bug#42162: Recovering source tarballs

From: zimoun
Subject: bug#42162: Recovering source tarballs
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2020 21:59:59 +0200

On Mon, 20 Jul 2020 at 19:05, Dr. Arne Babenhauserheide <arne_bab@web.de> wrote:
> zimoun <zimon.toutoune@gmail.com> writes:
> >> > The format of metadata (disassemble) that you propose is schemish
> >> > (obviously! :-)) but we could propose something more JSON-like.
> >>
> >> Sure, if that helps get other people on-board, why not (though sexps
> >> have lived much longer than JSON and XML together :-)).
> >
> > Lived much longer and still less less less used than JSON or XML alone. ;-)
> Though this is likely not a function of the format, but of the
> popularity of both Javascript and Java.

Well, the popularity matters to attract a broad audience and maybe get
other people on-board; if it is the aim.
It seems the de-facto format; even if JSON has flaws.  And zillions of
parsers for all the languages are floating around, which is not the
case for Sexp, even if it is easier to parse.

And JSON is already used in Guix, see [1] for an example.

1: https://guix.gnu.org/manual/devel/en/guix.html#Additional-Build-Options

However, I am not convinced that JSON or similarly Sexp will scale
well for a Tarball Heritage perspective.

All the best,

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