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Re: Bug#160928: ITP: 7zip -- 7zip is file compressor which can handle many archive formats

On Tuesday 17 September 2002 10:18 am, Craig Dickson wrote:
> Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > RAR actually is a decent format.
> Quite possibly; I wasn't commenting on the format as such. In fact, I
> assume if it wasn't better than .zip, it would never have achieved any
> notice at all, so in all likelihood it is somewhat better. I was just
> responding to the comment that it is popular among warez traders.
> The worst thing I would say about the various alternative archive
> formats (.rar, .zoo, .arj, etc.) is that none of them have been so much
> better than .zip that they provided a compelling argument to switch.
> People who are in the habit of transferring large files across slow to
> moderate-speed connections (such as, again, warez traders) will
> understandably take the smallest size they can get, but it seems that
> most people find .zip (and .tar.(gz|bz2)) adequate for their needs.
RAR is actually more popular for it's built-in archive splitting/joining 
feature then anything else. IIRC, it does get slightly better compression 
than zip, but nothing to write home about.

Combining RAR's multi-part archive feature with e.g. parchive provides a nice 
way of transferring large amounts of data over not-so-reliable networks. 
Sure, this is used for warez kiddies, but it could be useful for e.g. Debian 

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