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Re: RPM roadmapping

Alan Cox wrote:
On Wed, Aug 01, 2007 at 06:04:07PM -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:
cpio is a real standard archive format (there are something like a half
dozen _different_ tar formats around) plus it is very simple.
At the time only cpio was standardized.  POSIX 2001 tar is probably
quite adequate by now.  Certainly it's widely deployed on linux.

POSIX 2001 tar is an ugly horrible hack. What you have to understand
is that cpio is a really elegant archive format attached to a truely
braindead application (/bin/cpio) while tar is a mass of ugly multi-layered
hacks heaped on each other with a nice application.

I'm pretty sure I remember a sysv version of cpio that produced archives that other versions couldn't read (something about the maximum values of device numbers), so I wouldn't say its design was perfect either.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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