I agree/understand with your arguments, however:
- I'm making a local archive, the reason being a firewall.
So download time is not really an issue, now...
- Most zip-like files only contain a single (msword) document, and
often the .rtf and .doc. That means that you're downloading too much
- Timestamps are shown in the list archive itself.
The option I'm considering later is simply compressing all files
afterwards, if space becomes an issue or when I am able to provide the
list archive to a larger community. But still I would like to split
things up, as a rule. Realizing that when program source code is
distributed I run into troubles again. Maybe I should only unpack if the
number of files in the zip-file is larger than 4 (or so).
How can I do that?
What I would like is, when an attachment is a .zip, .tar,
.tar.gz or something like that, that it is automatically
unpacked and placed in the "subdir", providing links to these
files in the mail archive.
I use the subsir option.
Would not many users have an application program for these types of
"archive" files configured to launch when their WWW browser downloads them?
I use WinZip on a PC for this and there are WinZip clones for Unix-like
systems, e.g. gxtar, tkarchive, tkzip.
There are at least three good reasons to keep the original composite/
compressed file intact:
- reduced download bandwidth and server storage space (even without
- preservation of permissions and timestamps after download
- only one file to download instead of many