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Discussion in 'macOS' started by ilovemymac7, Dec 27, 2008.
what does compressing application do?
Do you care to provide a bit more context to your question? Without any context we really have no idea what you are talking about, and so can only give non-sensical answers like:
If you "archive" an application you will wind up with a zip file containing that application, but will be unable to use it in that form. Without major changes to the kernel (notably in the virtual memory section) MacOS will not be able to pull zipped Mach-o applications into memory to run this way.
If you are talking about the rumor for 10.6... Then I think that the rumor mill is confusing things... see the next section.
You could be alluding to the fact that if you look at most of the .lproj folders in the Resources folder of an application bundle you will find all of the interface specifications in plain text. That is all of the strings displayed on-screen, as well as the XML describing the interface. It is rumored that recent versions of MacOS X are capable of reading compressed versions of these files. Compressing these winds up saving a lot of space, and actually load faster on most machines (they have more processor overflow than I/O). It turns out that it might have been a mistake in the packaging phase that kept previous versions of MacOS X from taking advantage of this.
But without a MUCH better question, no-one is going to ever have any idea what you are talking about.