[TUHS] the sin of buffering [offshoot of excise process from a pipeline]

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Thu Jul 17 00:30:39 AEST 2014

On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 02:03:58AM -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> Larry McVoy scripsit:
> > We tried that but the problem is that you can't encode all the options you
> > want in just a character.  Compression doesn't take options, the CRC/XOR
> > layer wants to know how big you might think the file is (because we 
> > support blocksizes from about 256B to 256K and we want to know the 
> > file size to guess the block size).
> It's a string: you can have as many characters as you want.

I understand your desire to have one API.  We tried and it just wasn't
practical.  Imagine pushing an encryption layer that wants a key,
XOR layer that wants block size, etc.

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