On Sep 15, 2008, at 1:38 PM, bwv549 wrote:

> This is *exactly* what I need to be able to do, except with .tar.gz
> files.  I will use this solution for now, even while still searching
> for (or maybe writing) the .tar.gz equivalent.  Short term, this will
> get me by...  [even though a .tar.gz equivalent would be really nice].
>
> Thanks!!

IO.popen 'tar cfz -', 'w+' do |pipe|

end

and just send files down the pipe

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