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Re: [PATCH 1/5] exec: remove support for transparently unbzip2ing execut

From: Samuel Thibault
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/5] exec: remove support for transparently unbzip2ing executables
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:52:39 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21+34 (58baf7c9f32f) (2010-12-30)

Justus Winter, le Thu 29 Aug 2013 12:41:47 +0200, a écrit :
> > At least to show flexibility of the exec server. The difference between
> > the BFD code and the gzip/bzip2 code is that the latter makes the whole
> > exec code complex, while the gzip/bzip2 support only has a couple of
> > hooks, so even if the feature doesn't seem so appealing, the maintenance
> > cost is light.
> But couldn't the same be achieved by installing an unzipping storeio
> translator on the zipped executable? It is more explicit, but I'd
> argue that this is a good thing in this case and shows the flexibility
> of the Hurd as a whole.

That better separates matters indeed. Not duplicating the deflate code
is a sign of better factorization :)

What do people think about it?  That can mean, with nsmux, to exec, say,
foo.gz,,gunzip for instance, instead of guessing.


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