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By: GoSlow2GoFast     RI  
Date: Jun 08,2020 at 16:02

I've been trying to update my archiver.bb2 lately, and make sure I am taking best advantage of some of the archiving utilities I have. In the process a few thoughts / comments came to mind that I wanted to toss out to the group in hopes of some comments.

(1) I notice that ZtreeWin uses the Info-Zip DLL for internal ZIP file support. It looks like the DLL used is over 10 years old now, just wondering if there is any thought about moving off of that somewhat stale/unsupported code and doing something else?

(2) If the answer to (1) is no, then do most people delete that DLL and let ZTW go to the BB2 and find a supported format there for the "internal" operations that the DLL performed? I'm thinking that some of the external utils would perform better potentially, or handle new versions of certain archive formats better, etc.

(3) The sample / default BB2 file shipping with ZTW seems to be about 4 years old. I suspect some of the archiving utils referenced in it have changed over that time, and might have some options that could be exploited, etc. Any chance of getting a more current and robust version of that, or is that left to the community to sort out?

(4) I see the following toward the end of the default BB2 that is distributed, and wondering if there is any additional info on the [XXXX] items that can be added to the end of the entries in the file? The below gets me started but doesn't really go into enough detail to really know which to use when, and implications, etc.

; The [LFN] switch causes ZTreeWin to write the files in the list file
; using Long File Names.
;
; The [QUOTES] switch indicates that double-quotes are required to enclose
; the list file names.
;
; The [EXT] switch causes ZTreeWin to append the normal filename extension
; to an archive being created, if you do not initially specify one.
;
; The [NAP] switch causes ZTreeWin to not store absolute paths to the list
; file in full path mode, by omitting the drive letter. This is currently
; required for 7-Zip.
;
; The [WIDE] and [UNICODE] switches cause ZTreeWin to write the files in the
; list in UTF-16 and UTF-8 format respectively.

~Bill

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