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Subject: Re: Voice files update

Re: Voice files update

From: Jerry Van Baren <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 08:04:34 -0400

Grant Hardy wrote:
>>What does being a developer have to do with downloading the source
> tarball, and extracting the .lang file that you >need?
> Oh…well, I’m honestly not aware even how to open a “.tar” file. I
> assumed that this was some file used in a development environment? It’s
> certainly not a standard archive file like zip.
> Grant

Time for a short history lesson...

<> "Katz publicly
released technical documentation on the ZIP file format, along with the
first version of his PKZIP archiver, in January 1989."

Tar (Tape ARchive) started as a defacto standard and was formalized as a
POSIX standard. From a man page, "The tar format has a rich history,
dating back to Sixth Edition UNIX." which would place it in the 1975
time frame.

<> "In computing, the tar
(file) format (derived from tape archive) is a type of archive bitstream
or file format. The format is traditionally produced by the Unix
command, tar, and was standardized by POSIX.1-1998 and later
POSIX.1-2001. Initially used for tape backup, it is now commonly used to
collate collections of files into one larger file, for distribution or
archiving, while preserving file system information such as user and
group permissions, dates, and directory structures."

gvb ;-)
Received on 2006-09-29

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