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SubjectRe: Booting a modular kernel through a multiple streams file
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In article <E16I1Yc-0003eD-00@schizo.psychosis.com> you wrote:
> I know this, and have taken rpm's apart buy hand, and wrote
> a small util to take them apart using cpio. I consider it a good
> example of Redhat's many screw up's. Deb's use a pair of .tgz's
> and header. Much more sane.

Well, debian is using an "ar" archive with tar.gz contents.

> How many times have you seen ANYTHING ditributed that way?

AFAIK cpio is quite common on SysV Systems. The Problem with cpio and tar is,
that there are many incompatible versions. Even the Posix.1 format is quite
limited (255 char path limit). Some others fail short with symlinks or block
device nodes.

AFAIK SUS is supporting the use of pax.

http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/7908799/xcu/pax.html

Greetings
Bernd
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