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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Ruminations on Arch Desiderata

From: Paul Snively
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Ruminations on Arch Desiderata
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 07:44:29 -0700

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Hi again, Stephen!

On Tuesday, September 16, 2003, at 04:54  AM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:

Good thing that everything I said still applies, then, isn't it?  ;-)

Well, it would be fine if all I wanted were a tla that worked only on the Macintosh, but that's emphatically not what I want.

AFAICT it's pretty much isomorphic to the character encoding problem.
There's stuff _inside_ the files that is (potentially) relevant to
file system semantics outside the files.  "Kids: these stunts are done
by accredited professionals.  Don't try them at home."  No?

Yes. The point is that the "stuff _inside_ the files that is (potentially) relevant to file system semantics outside the files" needs to be encoded going in, and decoded going out. AppleSingle is the preferred format for this and is an IETF standard for which good libraries are available. The question is an integration question, not a "how do I make tla understand Macintosh files?" question. That one I could answer myself, given enough time to examine tla's entrails. :-)

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