[tex-live] volunteer to implement lcab compression?

Manfred Lotz manfred at dante.de
Tue Jun 8 19:04:42 CEST 2004

On Tue, 8 Jun 2004 09:38:35 -0400
karl at freefriends.org (Karl Berry) wrote:

> For TL 2004, we want/need to use .cab files instead of .zip files on
> the inst (compressed) CD, because .cab is what the Microsoft installer
> supports, and Fabrice intends to replace TeXSetup with the MSI.  At
> the same time, it is convenient to do the infrastructure rebuilds on
> our Unix machines.
> There's a program lcab, formerly cablinux, for Linux, which can write
> cabinet files.  There are two implementations, one in C and one in
> Perl.
>   http://www.geekshop.be/rien/lcab/
> However ... it does not support writing of compressed cab files, which
> is, of course, crucial.  Several algorithms are allowed, ZIP is
> probably the easiest.  I wrote the author a few days ago but he has
> not responded.

> We (Sebastian and I) have not found any other programs to write .cab
> files under Unix (many programs support reading .cab's).  There is a
> library libmspack, but it doesn't yet support compression writing
> either.

I know this is not a first class solution. But would it be possible to
use MAKECAB.EXE from 
which runs under windows and using wine it also runs under Linux or


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