Just for the record,

DOCX files are ZIP files in disguise.

But I really don't understand the issue. When done editing make a
tar.gz again and be done.

Make is your friend.

If you want to collaborate it's probably even better to do this with
GIT, which LyX supports, if I am not mistaken.


On 2017-07-27 16:52 , Roberto wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Roberto
> On 27/07/2017 16:40, Richard Heck wrote:
]>> 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.
>> Richard

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