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Re: Locating bzip2 package

On Tue, Jan 29, 2002 at 11:01:34PM -0500, Charles Wilson wrote:
>Christopher Faylor wrote:
>>> I think it would make more sense to have it up there with the other
>>> archive utilities, but eh; what do I know?  :-P
>> bzip2 is not an archiving tool.  It compresses files.  It does not
>> archive them.
>Just to chime in here (as the bzip maintainer), Chris is correct. 
>bzip2, like gzip/gunzip, compresses single files.  Tar is used to 
>archive collections of files into a single package -- tar is an 
>archiver.  Zip is both an archiver AND a compressor.  Now, because 
>archives are often compressed, you frequently see tools from both 
>categories used together (.tar.bz2, tar.gz) -- but that doesn't make 
>bzip2 an archive tool.  It's still a compressor.
>The fact is, these groupings (Utils, Development, Archive, etc) will 
>never please everybody -- and if someone is missing a tool that they 
>want, and can't find it in the "categories" seems obvious (to 
>me, at least) that the user should run setup again and check out the 
>'Full' package list -- which is alphabetically organized, without those 
>pesky categories -- for the desired item.  (run on sentence, anyone?)

Except that there is no "Full" list yet.  Isn't that a feature of newer

It actually doesn't seem that much of a stretch to me that even if
bzip2 was located under a Category called "Woman's Underwear" you'd
*eventually* be able to find it by clicking on categories until
it was unearthed.  Either that or clicking on View.


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