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Re: BootX and the Stuffit Fiasco.

On Thu, Feb 22, 2001 at 04:10:14PM -0800, Mike Fedyk wrote:
> Ethan Benson wrote:
> > 
> > because the self extracting archive in and of itself must be encoded
> > since the MacOS uses a exectuable format that cannot survive on
> > anything but the HFS filesystem.  since its encoded you need stuffit
> > expander to extract the self extracting archive.
> What about the apple single format?  IIRC, it includes the Res fork that MacOS
> needs to execute.  Is MacOS able to execute these files, or does it have to be
> converted to appledouble format first?

macos cannot execute AppleSingle files.  it must be extracted into the
HFS filesystem, that is not encoded into anything.  not appledouble,
single macbinary, binhex, sit anything.  

MacOS is a island platform its horrible in a hetergenious network of
computers (like oh the internet) 

> > IMO BootX should be recursivly MacBinarized, then put into a .tar.gz
> > archive.  then any version of stuffit can extract it, along with Free
> > tools available for MacOS.
> > 
> What are the obstacles to do this?

its not as pretty as .sit

Ethan Benson

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