[Rubygems-developers] gem format

Jim Weirich jim at weirichhouse.org
Thu Jul 8 18:31:35 EDT 2004

Lyle Johnson wrote:
> I'd personally like _some_ solution that involves compressing the
> data, since the binary and source gems for FXRuby are so large when
> uncompressed.

Actually, the files *are* compressed.  But then we encode them using 
base64, which adds 33% back to the size (I think that's right).

But you are right.  A binary format like tar/gzip would be more compact.

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