> Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > > Reading a tarball is the distillation of what you describe into
> > > efficient form :)
> > /me downloads tar file definition
> > Um, gnu tar or posix tar? or some new, improved tar?
> I suggest cpio, which is more compact and in some ways more standard.
> (tar has a silly pad-to-multiple-of-512-byte per file rule, which is
> inappropriate for this). GNU cpio creates cpio format just fine.
GNU cpio is a race-ridden unmaintained pile of junk. Look at the size
of, say it, Debian patch to upstream source. Then try to read the
patched code. Quite a few of us simply don't have that FPOS on their
Using cpio archive layout is OK, but _please_, don't make it dependent
on GNU cpio.
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