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Distribution Tar File Too Big


The distribution tar files of zsh, since version 3.0.6, are twice as big as
they should be:
-rw-r--r--   1 rl       rl         655790 Sep 26  1997 zsh-3.0.5.tar.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 rl       rl        1166968 Aug  1 18:46 zsh-3.0.6.tar.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 rl       rl        1171925 Oct 19 09:46 zsh-3.0.7.tar.gz
(the listing is from my mirror, but the original sizes are the same).

The reason for that is when they generated, the tar script somehow included
each file twice! Just by untarring and re-tarring, you get:
-rw-r-----   1 rl       rl         652631 Nov 15 14:09 zsh-3.0.5.tar.gz
-rw-r-----   1 rl       rl         647759 Nov 15 14:10 zsh-3.0.6.tar.gz
-rw-r-----   1 rl       rl         649918 Nov 15 14:10 zsh-3.0.7.tar.gz
(the small difference in size in 3.0.5 is because of the compression level,
but notice the big difference in 3.0.6 and 3.0.7!)

All the best,


Dr. Zvi Har'El     mailto:rl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx     Department of Mathematics
vox:+972-4-8296534                   Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
fax:+972-4-8296114 http://www.math.technion.ac.il/~rl/     Haifa 32000, ISRAEL
``If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all.''--Thumper (1942)
                               Monday, 6 Kislev 5760, 15 November 1999, 2:02PM

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