Amanda, bsdtar, and libarchive

Tim Kientzle tim at
Sat Apr 24 15:06:11 PDT 2004

Don Lewis wrote:
> On 24 Apr, Tim Kientzle wrote:
>>If you want reasonably accurate estimates without reading the
>>file data, you could ... build some sort of "size estimate" capability into
>>libarchive ...
> There are three variations on the archive size estimate:
> 	Fast and exact
> 	Fast and approximate
> 	Slow and exact

You can already do the last one with libarchive;
just register an output function that counts the
bytes but doesn't do anything.  Done.

"Fast and exact" is simply not possible in general,
so I don't think I would bother with that option
at all.

Incorporating some sort of estimator into the API does
sound like a good idea.  I'll have to think about it
some to see if I can figure out a good way to do that.

Thanks for the feedback,


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