For sharing multiple files, it is often convenient to pack them into an archive, and the most widely supported format to do so is probably ZIP. Under *nix, you can archive a directory with Info-ZIP:
% zip -r something.zip something/
(When you have several files, it is recommended to archive them in a directory, to avoid cluttering the directory where people will extract them.)
A strange problem
Yesterday, I was reported a funny problem with the dokuwiki Debian package's postinst script, which contains a piece of shell script similar to that:
# Check the destination does not already exist if [ ! -e /the/destination ] then ln -s /some/file /the/destination fi
It was failing with that message:
ln: failed to
create symbolic link '/the/destination': File exists. Even
though I had just tested it did not exist!
The blog engine PluXml is now available as a Debian package:
Package: pluxml Version: 5.2-2 Description-en: Light blog engine using XML files PluXml is a light and simple blog and CMS engine that uses simple XML files to store its data and requires no database. It has all the usual features (static pages, comments, categories, tags, medias, RSS feed...) and supports multiple users, customizable themes and plugins. Homepage: http://www.pluxml.org/ Section: web Priority: extra
USB sticks are traditionally formatted with FAT 32, because this file system is implemented by almost every operating system and device. Unfortunately, it sucks, as it cannot use more than 2 TiB, store files larger than 2 GiB or store symbolic links for instance. In a word, it is an obsolete and deficient file system.
Good news: someone addressed that problem. Bad new: that someone is Microsoft. So as you could expect, exFAT, the extended FAT, is a stinking proprietary, secret and patented file system. There are free implementations of that shit, but it is safer to stay away from it.
Installing an operating system
When you want to install a new operating system, the first thing to do is to get an installer medium, which usually involves two steps: downloading an image, and writing it to a medium. There are two major types of media usable for that purpose: optical discs and USB sticks. There used to be a third one, floppy disks, but it is no longer used, and it was conceptually very similar to USB sticks.
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