The REALLY bad thing about Python lists ..

Grant Griffin g2 at seebelow.org
Sat May 20 22:57:41 CEST 2000


ben at co.and.co wrote:
> 
> Gordon McMillan <gmcm at hypernet.com> wrote:
> 
> > You might as well ask why the Windows way does it backwards:
> > zipping a tar will almost always yield better compression than
> > tarring a bunch of zips (more redundancy to work with). (Yes, it's
> > easier to extract one file from the latter, but that's not the common
> > usage.)
> 
> Indeed:
> 
> $ ls -lh tartest/
> total 40k
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:35 test.1
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:36 test.10
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:36 test.2
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:36 test.3
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:36 test.4
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:36 test.5
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:36 test.6
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:36 test.7
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:36 test.8
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.0k May 19 18:36 test.9
> 
> $ tar zcf tar.gz tartest/
> $ zip -r tar tartest/
> $ ls -lh tar.*
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben           272 May 19 18:36 tar.gz
> -rw-rw-r--    1 ben      ben          1.6k May 19 18:42 tar.zip

Maybe you guys are right.  You know, since I mostly use zip, I'm tempted
to buy one of them fancy 13.2 gig disks for $120 just to cover cases
like this.  However, I'm not sure my old-dog-of-a-computer can handle a
disk bigger than the 5 gig one it's already got. ;-)

a-millicent-here-a-millicent-there;-pretty-soon-you're-talking
   -real-money-<wink>-ly y'rs, 

=g2
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