Why you shouldn't use WinZIP on tar files [Re: texinfo install]
Mon May 31 21:10:00 GMT 1999
On Wed, 12 May 1999, Ian Zimmerman wrote:
> But WHY? Sorry, I understand that I'm taking your time to ask a
> low-priority problem, but I can never be satisfied with answers of the type
> "just do this, it works". What is it that WinZip screws up? Is it the
> CR/LF conversion? I turned that off.
If you know what you're doing, it works just fine. The trouble is that
most users of WinZIP don't notice these hidden conversions, and a few
other things, and it takes time away from "real work" to answer these
questions or track these non-bugs.
WinZip doesn't understand a few things that may be in the tar file:
- hard links
- symbolic links
and there's the damned auto-conversion.
As far as I'm concerned, you can type in the bytes using a hex editor; I
just don't want bug reports if you miss a byte here and there.
I'm taking bets on when this issue will rear its ugly head again ;-)
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