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Re: [found the culprit]

From: Clément Pit-Claudel
Subject: Re: [found the culprit]
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:24:43 -0500
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On 15/11/2018 19.55, Richard Stallman wrote:
> [[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
> [[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
> [[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]
> I agree with you about what Z should do, but there is an additional
> reason.
> The meaning of Z is to compress or uncompress.  Extracting an archive is
> a different operation; it is semantically incoherent for Z to extract
> an archive.
> If we want a Dired command to extract archives, we should add one.
> It can handle .tgz files as well as .tar files and other archive types.

I think this distinction (unpacking vs decompressing) is too subtle.  What 
should we do on formats that support both, like zip?  That is, should Z on a 
zip archive just change its compression mode to store, without extracting the 

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the proposal?


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