Excerpts from ext.ietf-822: 8-Jun-93 Re: Massive Content-Type de.. Steve
zcat keiths_wonder_widget.tar.Z | tar xvf -
tar xvf - keiths_wonder_widget.tar
and the former saves me some disk space.
So I would count this as another case of a specialized data type that
(practically speaking) has its own compression.
I think Steve's got a point here. "Content-Type:
application/compressed-tar-file; compressor=compress" would make a lot
of sense in this particular case. I'm not sure it would hold for the
more general (and I think different) case of wanting to send compressed
bodies in general.