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Re: MBF alert: packages with very long source / .deb filenames

On Mon, 28 Mar 2011, John H. Robinson, IV wrote:
Olaf van der Spek wrote:
On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM, John H. Robinson, IV <jaqque@debian.org> wrote:
Olaf van der Spek wrote:
That's not our problem, is it?

It is, if we are trying to be as compatible as possible.

Compatible with what? Bugs in other implementations?
What does that really gain us?

The ability for the discs to be read on as many systems as possible. I'm
not going to pretend to know what all someone else may need to do with
the data, but making it as readable as possible is certainly a laudable

A plausible scenario is someone having downloaded the images, burned
them, and is now trying to read them prior to installation. If they are
performing this on a Microsoft or Apple OS, and the filenames are
corrupted, the implication is that the images are either corrupt or the
burn was otherwise bad.

Actually, note that we have a md5sum.txt on all CDs/DVDs. It would be
quite handy if it could be verified on any OS.

Best regards,

Anne Bezemer

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