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Re: Installer UI advices

From: Adrian Robert
Subject: Re: Installer UI advices
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 10:15:58 -0500

On Mar 17, 2005, at 8:11 AM, Nicolas Roard wrote:

Le 17 mars 05, à 08:27, Jeremy Tregunna a écrit :

On 17-Mar-05, at 3:02 AM, Robert Slover wrote:

[...] -- so it is possible to compress a directory on, say, VMS, ftp it to some other VMS system, uncompress it and have a usable directory hierarchy

Except GNUstep doesn't run on VMS. And if for example, you're also talking about resource forks, .zip files don't preserve resource forks, so you're back at square one. There is a tar like program (think it's called xar or something similar) which does preserve resource forks. Just a thought.

The main point though is that you can embed whatever header you deem interesting in the zip, and more importantly, you have direct access to the catalog.

FWIW, Java and OpenOffice, two recent cross-platform efforts with archiving needs, both went with the zip format, partly for the catalog-access concern. Also, I think there are fewer variants of the zip format running around (in the present day) than the tar format.

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