gzip & Mac File Types
rcozens at pon.net
Sat Sep 14 18:17:01 EDT 2002
>I wonder if there are any OS X command line tools available to
>binhex the file before compressing it into gzip. That would retain
>the resource fork + type and creator code, wouldn't it?
Brad, et al:
That may be an issue I'll have to deal with in the future. Right now
my goal is a utility to compress/decompress revolution stacks and
text files across all platforms RR supports; so the resource fork
does not come into play.
One of the advantages of using a custom format (I'm appending eight
characters to the end of the data before compressing and striping
them off after decompressing) is that I can include logic to
recognize that Unix & Windows files ending in .rev default to
fileType "revoRSTK" and those ending in .txt default to "ttxtTEXT".
(If someone will provide me with the fileType for MetaCard stacks,
I'll default .mc to that also).
This means stacks transferred to Macs from Unix or Windows will have
the correct Creator/File Type set automatically upon decompression.
If the foreign (to Mac) file has a different extension, "????????" is
passed as fileType, and the decompression handler opens an ask dialog
(on Macs) asking for the creator/type code.
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