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Re: document package.el

From: Tom Tromey
Subject: Re: document package.el
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 15:13:51 -0600
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.2 (gnu/linux)

>>>>> "Chong" == Chong Yidong <address@hidden> writes:

I'll reply to the rest of the patch reviews later, whenever I can get
some time to update the patch.

Tom> +  A multi-file package is just a @file{.tar} file.

Chong> BTW, this is off-topic, but I've been meaning to ask why you don't use
Chong> .tar.gz files.  Is the bandwidth difference insignificant?

I haven't tried to measure it.

I wanted to have minimal dependencies on the user's side, so I didn't
want to rely on a decompressor.  With a recent enough Emacs, you don't
even need a 'tar' program, due to tar-untar-buffer.

Some sort of optional compression would be fine.  It seems like this
could be handled transparently by the URL package, though, in
conjunction with a server that knew how to serve compressed files


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