Sounds cool. I'm not sure of tar's file format. I'm assuming that it's something like
[ <tar file header> ],
[ <another file> ],
[ <yet another> ],
[ <tar file done> ]
Because tar ztvf file.tar.gz takes too long for there to be a full directory at the beginning of the tarfile. So I'm thinking, enforce the manifest to be the first file in the archive. I wouldn't want to have to uncompress a huge archive because the manifest was the last file and not the first.
I'm pretty sure tar can do this, don't know about plugin creators ;)
Or I could be wrong about tar... Just a thought.
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