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Re: Suggestion to and how to alow different compression for .debs

On Thu, Oct 21, 1999 at 12:35:43AM +0200, Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> The control.tar.gz stays that way for the moment, but the data.tar.gz
> might be any format the maintainer seems fit.
> The control.tar.gz then contains a file called "how_to_unpack" that
> will be used to unpack the data file. Normaly it would be a shell
> script that just contains a call to "tar -xz", but "tar -xI" or
> anything else would be allowed.

This doesn't match how dpkg actually works --- internally it handles the
untaring itself, and pipes that to gzip -dc. Piping it to bzip2 -dc based
on the file extension (data.tar.bz2) would be a reasonably convenient
change, I imagine; changing how it untar's may not be. YMMV, of course.


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