One can always change Archiver.py for one's installation, I suppose.
Yeah, works for now. Of course, the next upgrade will blow it away...
A useful hint: if you make a CVS tree, then you can change your local file and 99% of the time just forget about it. I finally got religion and did this, and it turns out that, if Barry changes a file I've changed, most of the time CVS merges it correctly and automatically. For a change like this, it will certainly be correct.
That has the other advantage of being on the bleeding edge if you want to (you can always check out the Last Tarball Version if you want using symbolic tags)