Could we use something better than zip for the dmd package?

Sean Kelly sean at
Thu Dec 22 09:13:31 PST 2011

I'd like to see a separate package per platform plus a source release. DMD doesn't even run out of the box on all flavors of Linux, and we can't expect people to pull the git repo. 

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On Dec 22, 2011, at 8:44 AM, Andrei Alexandrescu <SeeWebsiteForEmail at> wrote:

> On 12/22/11 12:53 AM, Nick Sabalausky wrote:
>> "Walter Bright"<newshound2 at>  wrote in message
>> news:jcsbja$1pu7$1 at
>>> On 12/21/2011 1:31 AM, Andrej Mitrovic wrote:
>>>> I thought the installers were for newbies. 7z is supported by 7zip,
>>>> winrar, and even winzip.
>>>> I really don't see how someone can be smart enough to use a systems
>>>> programming language but not have a clue how to download an archiver.
>>>> Even average people hate the default zip functionality of Windows and
>>>> they install 7zip/winrar/etc.
>>> Because it's annoying.
>>> The idea should be to have as few steps as possible to install. Searching
>>> the intarnets for a 7z decoder, wondering if the one you're downloading is
>>> a virus, etc., is annoying.
>> If you're a programmer, or even just a power user, you have absolutely no
>> excuse not to *already* have a 7z-capable program installed.
> I didn't have 7z on my Mac until yesterday when I experimented with it.
> Let's focus on reducing the size of the zip by only including what's used and by using faster servers.
> Andrei

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