[NTLK] .sit files in unna
newtonphoenix at mindspring.com
Sun Feb 28 17:31:06 EST 2016
I agree with Morgan--preferably both .sit and .zip, but at the least retain the .sit versions.
On Feb 27, 2016 9:17 PM, Morgan Aldridge <morgant at makkintosshu.com> wrote:
> On Saturday, February 27, 2016, Marisa Giancarla <fstltna at me.com> wrote:
> > I noticed some of the files in the unna archive are in .sit files. These
> > are hard to work with nowadays and there is no free extractor on linux &
> > pc's. What would people think about converting them to .zip or .7zip? .7zip
> > has better compression but regular zip is natively supported on every
> > platform. I would also be willing to rename the .pkg files to .newtonpkg to
> > work better on OSX.
> While there are still a lot of .sit files kicking around, I find it best
> to preserve them as Macs running System 7.x - MacOS 9.x are still probably
> the most common computer used to bootstrap NewtonOS devices. They're also
> still the best Newton OS development platform, although Paul, Matthias,
> Eckhart, et al have made great strides on other OSes. .sit files preserve
> important resource forks in files when used under MacOS.
> That said, many Newton developers provided both .sit & .zip archives of
> their software and I try to include both on UNNA, where available. In all
> cases, I try to provide an uncompressed .pkg files along with them (though
> there are likely a lot of older directories that I haven't gone back to and
> updated). Let's face it, Newton .pkg files are not particularly large by
> today's standards, so this the easiest solution for all platforms, incl.
> the Newton which can download directly from the UNNA.org archives.
> I wouldn't suggest .7zip as it's not as readily supported and, again,
> better compression really isn't necessary.
> I personally don't find .newtonpkg to be worth storing on the server as
> it's only used for NCX on OS X and most packages that aNewton user is
> going to obtain are going to be named .pkg anyway, so they'll generally
> just have to rename them. Not all OS X Newton-related software uses that
> extension (and not across all versions of OS X), for example, Einstein
> doesn't use it. I personally use NCX and don't find it difficult to rename
> .pkg files before installing.
> I suggest preserving .pkg, .sit, and .zip copies for the best
> compatibility, otherwise just .pkg.
> Hope that all makes sense and helps,
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