[Python-Dev] Adding Optik to 2.3 standard library

Thomas Heller thomas.heller@ion-tof.com
Thu, 18 Apr 2002 10:49:41 +0200

From: "Duncan Booth" <duncan@rcp.co.uk>
> On 17 Apr 2002, Aahz <aahz@pythoncraft.com> wrote:
> > Side note for those unfamiliar with this bit of Windows lore: all
> > versions of Windows claiming POSIX compatibility ship the pax utility,
> > and thus can read and write tar files.
> Not only that, but if you copy/rename the Windows pax.exe program to 
> tar.exe or cpio.exe it changes its command line options to match. So all 
> recent versions of Windows ship with tar and cpio included (sort of).
I didn't know this ;-)

On the other hand, I'd prefer to do the packing/unpacking of zip
or tar files in Python. I've been hurt more than once by incompatible
versions of zip.exe on windows.