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February 9, 2001 12:46
Re: Auto-install (was autoloaded...)
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Jarkko Hietaniemi wrote:
> Whatever we do I would much prefer being package format agnostic
> instead of tying ourselves too tightly with some single format.

Any ideas on how to do that? Without breaking requirements?

I actually agree that being able to use tgz is good, and better compression
like bzip2 would also be desired, but I think we couldn't use it if it would
lack features we want. For example, with tgz it would be complex to deal
with running without extracting, and bzip2 isn't handled with common, widely
available tools.

I think we'd better have one working and stablished (and stable) approach to
do it than have too much flexibility and end up with some distribution
problems (like `oh! I don't have bzip2 and the developper only supplied a
bzip2 version of the archive', or `oh! I'll have to do zip, tgz, bzip2,
whatever3 versions of the same thing only to satisfy users that use
different formats').

I think we should go for `standard' rather than `flexible' on this one.

Of course we still can change the file format, if someone isn't happy about
zip. That's the advantage of discussing it before making it: it's not here
for we to regret about it...

- Branden

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