[NTLK] .sit files in unna

Forrest newtonphoenix at mindspring.com
Sun Feb 28 17:31:06 EST 2016

I agree with Morgan--preferably both .sit and .zip, but at the least retain the .sit versions.

On Feb 27, 2016 9:17 PM, Morgan Aldridge <morgant at makkintosshu.com> wrote:
> On Saturday, February 27, 2016, Marisa Giancarla <fstltna at me.com> wrote: 
> > I noticed some of the files in the unna archive are in .sit files. These 
> > are hard to work with nowadays and there is no free extractor on linux & 
> > pc's. What would people think about converting them to .zip or .7zip? .7zip 
> > has better compression but regular zip is natively supported on every 
> > platform. I would also be willing to rename the .pkg files to .newtonpkg to 
> > work better on OSX. 
> While there are still a lot of .sit files kicking around, I find it best 
> to preserve them as Macs running System 7.x - MacOS 9.x are still probably 
> the most common computer used to bootstrap NewtonOS devices. They're also 
> still the best Newton OS development platform, although Paul, Matthias, 
> Eckhart, et al have made great strides on other OSes. .sit files preserve 
> important resource forks in files when used under MacOS. 
> That said, many Newton developers provided both .sit & .zip archives of 
> their software and I try to include both on UNNA, where available. In all 
> cases, I try to provide an uncompressed .pkg files along with them (though 
> there are likely a lot of older directories that I haven't gone back to and 
> updated). Let's face it, Newton .pkg files are not particularly large by 
> today's standards, so this the easiest solution for all platforms, incl. 
> the Newton which can download directly from the UNNA.org archives. 
> I wouldn't suggest .7zip as it's not as readily supported and, again, 
> better compression really isn't necessary. 
> I personally don't find .newtonpkg to be worth storing on the server as 
> it's only used for NCX on OS X and most packages that aNewton  user is 
> going to obtain are going to be named .pkg anyway, so they'll generally 
> just have to rename them. Not all OS X Newton-related software uses that 
> extension (and not across all versions of OS X), for example, Einstein 
> doesn't use it. I personally use NCX and don't find it difficult to rename 
> .pkg files before installing. 
> I suggest preserving .pkg, .sit, and .zip copies for the best 
> compatibility, otherwise just .pkg. 
> Hope that all makes sense and helps, 
> -- 
> Morgan 
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