Ultimate file compression format?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
Let's see.. it needs to:

- Preserve long filenames

- Accept long paths (unlike tar)

- Preseve icons under OS X

- Preserve resource forks (unlike gnutar)

Nice to have:

- Preserves unix permissions

So far I have tested zip, tar, gnutar, gzip, and stuffit to no avail.

a little help?

anyone with experience with hfspax?


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    Yeah, I'd like to know too. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
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    airslufairsluf Posts: 1,861member
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    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    somebody wrote a perl-based tar-wrapper that preserved file forks and stuff.

    He called it "tarw"


    Now an algorithm that compresses completely random data...that would be nice!

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    jutusjutus Posts: 272member
    Ok.. I've tried tarw (doesn't handle long filepaths) and hfspax (still doesn't handle OS X custom icons).

    None of the compression formats seem to handle custom icons.

    Go ahead a textedit file and replace the generic text icon with a custom one. Compress it, decompress it and see if it is still there.
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