[Xfce4-commits] r22552 - xarchiver/branches/xarchiver-psybsd/libxarchiver

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at unix-ag.uni-siegen.de
Tue Aug 1 22:20:08 CEST 2006

Stephan Arts wrote:
>>The library is under a BSD license, so you can easily include it in
>>xarchiver tarball and use the included version if the system is missing
>>a copy of libarchive or its header files.
> With some small modifications to libxarchiver (a support-object must
> be able to handle multiple archive-types), i should be able to create
> a libarchive support object. This way it is possible to choose between
> both approaches. If you do not want it's dependency (more
> specifically, the libbz2 dependency, which is not installed by default
> on most systems), it won't use it (for *.bz2) and it will fall back to
> it's current behaviour.

libbz2 should be available on nearly every system today, because bzip2
is usually not statically linked. So, I guess you are talking about the
header files.

> For the rest of the application the interface remains the same.
> Though i am not sure it is a good practice to stick to libxarchiver.
> It has tackled most design issues coming from the use of external
> archivers, but with the introduction of libarchive it might be too
> much overhead.
> Do you have any suggestions about this?

You'll still need external archivers for formats not yet supported by
libarchive. I think a libxarchive is still a good idea, so other
applications can handle archives w/o having to implement the stuff
themselves (for example the thunar-sendto plugin could use libxarchiver
in the future).

> Stephan


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