Hi Richard, thanks for bringing in your experience.

If the tar.gz was something you can "mount" like a read-write DMG it would make sense to say that the archive does what I have in mind. As far as I know one can open DMG files and edit them and close them, effectively saving the content. The way it is now with tar.gz for me it is good only for archival purposes.

Hopefully more people would enjoy having a "all-inclusive" file like this one.


On 27/07/2017 16:40, Richard Heck wrote:
On 07/27/2017 09:07 AM, Roberto wrote:
Let me explain better. The reason for asking for a feature like that is
not that I cannot clic one more time to unpack a tar.gz :)

The tar.gz is an export, not a "Save", that is the difference. Save
means that you can edit it and keep saving every now and then.

Furthermore the two things are difference because you can even remove
the pictures from the disk and you still have them in the file.

What I am looking for is a LyX file that does as a MS Word file does:
one editable file contains all you need to work on the document.

One could achieve this if the LyX file was actually a directory
structure managed by LyX and when you save the file you save all the
directory structure controlled by it. The user does not need to see
all the complications about where the pictures are stored, just needs
to see the pictures in the file.

There was some discussion of such a file structure, and I did a bunch of
work on it myself a few years ago. But there were also disagreements
about how exactly it should work, so it never went anywhere. The archive
we have now was a kind of compromise. But note that it really is a
pretty good compromise. It gives you, precisely, a 'directory structure'
that contains all the files needed for that document. It's just that
it's packed into a zip file or whatever.

What it LyX was able to open such an archive directly? And what if, when
it had done so, it 'saved' the file directly to such an archive? I can
easily imagine the unpacking actually being done into the temporary
directory. This might not be very hard to achieve.


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