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Re: Proper selection of compression algorithm

On Tue, Feb 02, 2010 at 03:35:24PM +0000, David Brownlee wrote:
> On 2 February 2010 13:39, Joerg Sonnenberger 
> <> wrote:
> >
> > > Offering an easier way to choose the compression sounds helpful
> > > to me; changing its suffix to hide this decision doesn't so much.
> > > I consider this a feature -- looking at the filename tells you
> > > which compression was used, and which tool to use to uncompress
> > > it in these cases where you just want part of a binary package, ...
> >
> > On of the issues I have with pax-as-tar is that it actually can't handle
> > compression by itself. Read: there should be no reason to care.
> > For the practical aspect: how often do you actually try to extract parts
> > by hand?
> I'm a big fan of moving to a fixed prefix. On the extract question,
> maybe one of the pkg_ commands could grow an option to just extract a
> package contents into the current directory

Well, you can copy the package to a separte directory, use
        pkg_add -f -P $PWD pkg
or so.


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