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10.6: Use Archive Utility to make zip backups
Authored by: afingal on Oct 05, '10 11:50:20AM

It's interesting that support for resource forks, etc. was added to tar in Tiger and then removed in Leopard. Before Tiger, I used a modified version called hfstar. In Tiger this became unnecessary because the built-in version worked and I thought I wasn't going to have to use hfstar again. Then in Leopard, I found that support for resource forks and hfs metadata was gone and I had to go back to hfstar. I wonder what happened. Why did Apple regress the functionality?



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10.6: Use Archive Utility to make zip backups
Authored by: ekc on Oct 06, '10 10:03:57AM
Well, I don't have a Leopard machine on hand, but I just tested tar under Snow Leopard and it seems to save and restore resource forks. It's using the AppleDouble format internally from the looks of it. As an alternative to tar, you might consider xar which has always supported resources. I think Apple now uses that format internally in installer packages.

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