develooper Front page | perl.perl6.language | Postings from February 2001

Re: Auto-install (was autoloaded...)

Thread Previous | Thread Next
Dan Sugalski
February 8, 2001 10:40
Re: Auto-install (was autoloaded...)
Message ID:
At 05:58 PM 2/8/2001 +0000, Nicholas Clark wrote:
>On Thu, Feb 08, 2001 at 12:41:34PM -0500, Dan Sugalski wrote:
> > At 05:39 PM 2/8/2001 +0000, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> > >Do we really want to use tar format (over say cpio) as tar rounds files
> > >up to 512 block boundaries, and has some arbitrary restrictions on 
> filename
> > >lengths in the headers?
> >
> > Having the perl archives splittable by other available tools is a good
> > thing. Using the zip format's fine too--I don't much care either way.
>Yes, I agree. Hence cpio may not be great as tools to deal with it
>are much rarer

Yup, and finding them on non-unix platforms can be rather tricky, too. Zip 
and tar are probably the two biggies.

>\zip's better in that it allows easy random access to a compressed file,
>[without having to compress everything else first] but worse for the
>same reason because you don't get as good a compression ratio by
>compressing each file separately.

I've seen it go both ways with compression, but I'm not sure that a few 
percent either way's a big deal. Packaging is more important than 
compression for this purpose anyway, I think.


--------------------------------------"it's like this"-------------------
Dan Sugalski                          even samurai                         have teddy bears and even
                                      teddy bears get drunk

Thread Previous | Thread Next Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
Comments to Ask Bjørn Hansen at | Group listing | About