[R6RS] Library / filesystem mapping

Anton van Straaten anton at appsolutions.com
Sat May 19 12:07:26 EDT 2007

Michael Sperber wrote:
> Anton van Straaten <anton at appsolutions.com> writes:
>>Yes, but it seems to me that if we're going so far as to specify a file 
>>hierarchy format, then recommending a common way to package that for 
>>portable distribution wouldn't be a bad idea.  You think the UTF-8 text 
>>file is sufficient?
> Yes.  All the required meta-information about where it's stored is in
> the library form.

OK.  There's at least one use case this doesn't satisfy, which is being 
able to download a library package and use a standard, 
non-implementation-specific tool (like unzip or tar/gzip) to unpackage 
it into its "proper" hierarchy.

I realize that implementations will have to support unpacking the text 
file packages anyway, but I'm a fan of leveraging standard tools.  Of 
course, big text files are standard, but maybe not as useful.

However, a convention for this can be added later, so I'm willing to 
drop this unless anyone else has a strong opinion to the contrary.


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