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From: Robert Ramey (ramey_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-08-08 11:56:27

One final thought that didn't occur to me before would be to make your own
"provably portable" archive.

The current libraries all contain a default "fall through" which handles
otherwise unspecified types. This could cause surprises when moving
code/archives between environments. The alternative would be to make your
own archive (or perhaps a derivation) which restricted the serializable
types to those that have been specifically accounted for. More work - but
might be necessary to guarantee archive portability. Also this might
support the idea that the archives produced be accessable by other
applications which don't use the serialization library which normally would
be much more awkward to implement.

Just a thought.

Robert Ramey

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