Standardization of formats on the molbio sw servers

Dan Davison dbd at THEORY.BCHS.UH.EDU
Sun Sep 22 17:31:31 EST 1991

"Eric Cabot" <ecec at midway.uchicago.edu> asked:

   BTW,  you mentioned a service that you run called netserv. I was
   wondering...basically EMBL uses uuecoded .zoo's for it's stuff
   while IUBIO has -correction- had  stuff in all manner of formats
   from zoo to arc to zip.  Now that these sites are mirroring, 
   are they getting standardized in their data storage formats?

I assume you are a DOS person from this question: Mac sw is always
a BinHex'd file, either a Stuffit 1.5.1 archive or a self-extracting
Compactor. VMS stuff is ZOO'd; Unix is tar'd and compressed.

The PC stuff is by convention supposed to be Dumas-table uuencoded
self-extracting PAKs.  This has not been possible in some cases,
especially where I didn't have the disk space to unpack and repack
some packages.  So, at least on the UH server, *most* sw is self-
extracting PAKs, but some are ZIPs and ARCs if that is what the
author provided.

I agree the situation is not optimal, but (1) most of us can't justify
spending more time on the sw project (I'm the exception, now) and
(2) all necessary decoders/dearchivers are available from each server.
I expect this problem to *decrease* over the next few months.

dan davison

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