[physfs] PhysicsFS 2.1 roadmap...

Anthony Cassidy anthonytcassidy at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 7 02:59:15 EDT 2009

I don't really fit under the concept "peanut gallery", I am more a "friendly lurker", I have been reading the mailing list for long enough that I don't remember the original reason I joined.

But I have some thoughts about one of your ideas "New archive types: .tar(.bz2|.gz),...", bzip2 and .gzip only compress a single file (stream), which would need to be uncompressed then processed as a tar file. libzip2 provides library functions to do that part, where the gzip documentation says use zib. Where all this is going is that both will need to be uncompressed then processed. Where for rar and the like, the uncompression is part of the processing. If you support tar.bz2 and tar.gz, then it would be good to be able to provide a custom uncompression routine, which could be highjacked to do things like unecryption instead.

tldr; If you are going to support tar.bz2 and tar.gz files, its really processed (uncompressed) and the tar file is then read. It would be nice to be able to provide custom processing routiens that would allow for file encryption or downloading the file from an external source.

Then this process could be applied to any archive type. Not sure how useful this would be, but its just a thought.

-Anthony "Timmy" Cassidy

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