[Dextrose] [Sugar-devel] Bundle format

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Nov 23 06:50:13 EST 2010

On 23.11.2010, at 05:07, Bernie Innocenti wrote:

> On Mon, 2010-11-22 at 10:53 -0500, C. Scott Ananian wrote:
>> (oh, and the .zip file already has a checksum, it's not clear why
>> you'd need another one.)
> Ah, cool... but I guess it's not a cryptographically secure one, right?
> Plus, I was thinking... shouldn't we support a bundle format with better
> compression than zip? My favorite pick would be tar + xz, but if we want
> to retain the file-by-file accessibility of zip, 7z would also work
> well.

IMHO the gains to be had from a slightly smaller download do not outweigh the ubiquity of the zip format. No other archive format is as widely supported. It can easily be examined and created on any platform. 

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