[tex-live] volunteer to implement lcab compression?

Manfred Lotz manfred at dante.de
Tue Jun 8 19:57:52 CEST 2004

On Tue, 8 Jun 2004 19:33:55 +0200
Thomas Esser <te at dbs.uni-hannover.de> wrote:

> > 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
> Is the file format good enough to preserve file attributes such as
> UNIX permissions? 

Cab format is intended for Windows platform. Therefore it doesn't know
about permissions and ownership. 

> Is the file format smart enough to handle text files
> properly(i.e. convert line ends on extraction)?

I'd say yes because CABARC.EXE seems to treat files as binary. 

I did a small test like this:

This were the testfiles I put into a cabinet file:
CABARC.EXE:    MS Windows PE 32-bit Intel 80386 console executable
ci:            ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1
(FreeBSD), for FreeBSD 4.9, dynamically linked (uses shared libs),
stripped glossary.rdoc: ASCII English text
rake:          ASCII text
stats.ini:     ASCII English text
tcpdump:       ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators

After extracting using cabextract md5 showed the same check sums as

> Should I better not ask this? :-)

Of course, you shouldn't :-)


More information about the tex-live mailing list