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Re: [Devel] Supported Compression Algorithms.

From: Keith Packard
Subject: Re: [Devel] Supported Compression Algorithms.
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 18:54:33 -0800

Around 17 o'clock on Feb 26, George Williams wrote:

> Why not just fork off a system call to uncompress? Yes, it only works on
> unix, but where else are you likely to find .Z files? Yes, it's
> inefficient, but it's for an obsolete case...

It used to (in the dim dark past).  I in-lined it for efficiency, as you
can guess, but have since learned that fork/exec is a security nightmare as
you have to audit the whole application, so I'm not really excited about
switching back.  What a mess.  Setuid programs suck.


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