ajackson at redhat.com
Wed Aug 1 22:04:07 UTC 2007
On Wed, 2007-08-01 at 16:17 -0400, Horst H. von Brand wrote:
> Arthur Pemberton <pemboa at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Since someone started this, can someone brief me on the choice of cpio
> > vs. gz, bz2, etc?
> > I'm assuming it wasn't a random choice, and there was/is some
> > technical reason for it.
> cpio is a real standard archive format (there are something like a half
> dozen _different_ tar formats around) plus it is very simple.
At the time only cpio was standardized. POSIX 2001 tar is probably
quite adequate by now. Certainly it's widely deployed on linux.
There are, of course, people who think using the same package manager
across multiple operating systems is an interesting exercise; those
people are insane.
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