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Short:XPK Sub-Libraries Guide
Author:zeux at amigazeux.de (Kenny Richardson)
Uploader:zeux amigazeux de (Kenny Richardson)
Type:docs/misc
Version:1.0
Architecture:generic
Date:2019-05-29
Download:http://aminet.net/docs/misc/xpksublibs.lha - View contents
Readme:http://aminet.net/docs/misc/xpksublibs.readme
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XPK (the eXternal PacKer) is a set of shared libraries designed to supply data
compression and encryption capabilities to third party programs on the AmigaOS
platform. Around since 1992 and still able to run on Amiga and Amiga NG systems
today, its strength was its modularity.

Did you ever lie awake at night wondering how many sub-libraries ("sublibs") 
there were made for this system? No, of course not, because you're not a 
weirdo. But I am, and hence I put together this guide about them all, with
such info as:

* Who wrote them and when they were last compiled;
* What algorithm they use;
* What use they were intended for;
* Which package they are/were in;
* Which bugs they had;
* Where to get them, if known (or why not, if known);
* What fixes Cosmos and Cholok made to them later.

The intention of this document is to preserve information. I've scoured the 
internet for as much as I can on the sublibs, and much of it is slowly 
disappearing, being eroded and lost to the tides of time. I thought this might 
be my last chance to compile it and upload it to Aminet, preserve it a little 
longer, so I did.

Look, nobody really uses XPK any more: there's just no need, with 5 TB hard
drives being common, the internet using far superior lossy compression, and the
CPU power to use really high-end lossless compression like LZMA2 for just about
any situation.

Things were different in 90s, so Amiga developers used ingenuity instead. And 
that has always been fascinating to me. At worst, it's an interesting read. 
Maybe at best it'll restore some memories of a better time for the Amiga.

Versions exist in AmigaGuide, simple text and PDF. There's also a quick 
reference guide in html that should work in CSS-incapable old Amiga browsers.

There are no binaries in this package.

History
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1.0 : Initial version.


Contents of docs/misc/xpksublibs.lha
PERMISSION  UID  GID    PACKED    SIZE  RATIO METHOD CRC     STAMP     NAME
---------- ----------- ------- ------- ------ ---------- ------------ ----------
[unknown]                 1358    1694  80.2% -lh5- d754 May 28 14:29 XPKSublibs.info
[unknown]                41182  113739  36.2% -lh5- 2447 May 28 14:33 XPKSublibs/xpksublibs.guide
[unknown]                 2323    2947  78.8% -lh5- 6c0f May 28 16:19 XPKSublibs/xpksublibs.guide.info
[unknown]                11539  252768   4.6% -lh5- 2540 May 29 19:52 XPKSublibs/xpksublibs.html
[unknown]                 2624    3240  81.0% -lh5- 10f6 May 29 19:53 XPKSublibs/xpksublibs.html.info
[unknown]               182287  213260  85.5% -lh5- b50f May 29 19:56 XPKSublibs/xpksublibs.pdf
[unknown]                 1907    2267  84.1% -lh5- 988d May 29 19:57 XPKSublibs/xpksublibs.pdf.info
[unknown]                39181  104647  37.4% -lh5- 0594 May 28 14:30 XPKSublibs/xpksublibs.txt
[unknown]                 1850    2787  66.4% -lh5- e5d9 May 28 16:19 XPKSublibs/xpksublibs.txt.info
---------- ----------- ------- ------- ------ ---------- ------------ ----------
 Total         9 files  284251  697349  40.8%            May 29 22:45

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