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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] tar for the base revision

From: Ethan Benson
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] tar for the base revision
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 00:44:09 -0800
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On Tue, Sep 23, 2003 at 07:18:13PM -0400, Miles Bader wrote:
> >     * archival programs that stick to a credible standard
> > 
> >     * archival programs that are (essentially) universally ported
> >       or implemented
> > 
> >     * archival programs without stupid, arbitrary limits
> How is cpio by these measures?  I personally dislike it because I find the
> user-interface annoying, but I note that many distro package formats seem to
> use it (e.g., dpkg, rpm), which suggest that it might have some good
> properties.

rpm uses a bastardized version of the cpio format.

dpkg does not use cpio in any way shape or form.

a .deb file is an ar archive containing two .tar.gz files.  (data and

Ethan Benson

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