> < ^ Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2000 23:07:16 +0100 (MET)
> < ^ From: Dmitrii Pasechnik <d.pasechnik@twi.tudelft.nl >
^ Subject: unzoo vs. tar, and Win32 unzoo

Dear Forum,

1) I wonder why GAP is distributed as .zoo archive(s) rather than
as compressed tar files. (Other than historical reasons...)

For instance, current version (36Mb zoo) can be compressed
10% better (32Mb tar.gz), using standard tar and "gzip -9".

Unpacking times are quite similar.

bzip2 can do much better and compress tar archive to 27Mb.

2) Windows unzoo.exe that is currently provided is de facto MSDOS
program, that converts all the filenames into 8+3 lowecase.

Is there any reason for this? I bet nobody is running GAP under MSDOS
Also, I find the LF to LFCR transition it performs on textfiles
rather unfortunate, at
least this is certainly not something one wants when using Cygwin.

Anyway, it's perhaps the time to do away with 8+3 naming convention
that GAP seems to be largery adhering to (with exception of configure
shell script :-))


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