On Saturday 08 March 2008, Ian Campbell wrote: > On Sat, 2008-03-08 at 13:51 +0100, Frans Pop wrote: > > Hmm. Weird. > > If I use cat on the files, I get the content. But if I use less, I > > only get: > > $ less config.deb > > busybox-1.9.1/debian/config/config.deb: > > > > *** Contents: > > > > So that's why I thought they were empty. As I said, weird :-) > > I tripped over this recently as well. Less (actually lesspipe via > $LESSOPEN in my case) tries to interpret *.deb as a Debian package, > which fails in the above manner if the file in question isn't actually a > package. Thanks for the hint. I've just filed an RC BR against less (#470453). Reading the manpage for lesspipe, it seems to me that that whole "feature" is seriously broken by design for not checking magic numbers instead of relying on extentions.
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