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bug#25076: 24.5; Enhancement request: Make `archive-mode' more Dired lik

From: Drew Adams
Subject: bug#25076: 24.5; Enhancement request: Make `archive-mode' more Dired like (sorting etc.)
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:14:34 -0800 (PST)

> > Subject line says it all.  `archive-mode' still seems pretty
> > rudimentary.  It would be good to at least be able to sort the
> > lines by file name etc.
> I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be smarter to actually use dired to
> access archives, like how we can use dired to access remote
> directories through tramp.
> I expect this is probably a much bigger/harder job than I imagine,
> but what would be required? Just a function that could produce ls style
> output for archives?

I can't speak to that question.  I suggest that you file a separate
enhancement request for it.  If it turns out that it is trivial then
the two bugs can be merged - I don't have any objection to being
able to use Dired (completely) for archives.

But no, it is not just a question of producing an ls-style listing.
The various Dired operations available currently expect a file as

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