Re: netpbm vs. pbmplus
On Thu, 25 Jan 1996 Dirk.Eddelbuettel@qed.econ.queensu.ca wrote:
> Chris> Didn't you see my example of the Slackware sysadmin who would
> Chris> rather ftp /usr/bin/netpbm.tar from a Debian box rather than
> Chris> recompile from source? Organized subdirectories make many things
> Chris> easier, add flexibility, and make the system easier to explore.
> That example didn't cut it in the first place. So now as you
> keep recalling it, here's my counter example: ever done "dpkg -L
> package"? Why don't you feed that into tar (maybe filter directories
So how would you filter directories out?
There's no certain way of distinguising a directory from a file.
Without certainty you're risking either missing some files or
incorrectly including an entire directory.
e.g. here's the output of 'dpkg -L par', a small package to serve as an
Which lines are the directories? What algorithm do you use to identify
"/." is the only line which can be eliminated immediately...the rest
could be either files or directories. The only way to tell would be to
build up a tree in memory and check each input line against that tree.
Even so, that wouldn't pick up directory stubs - empty directories
created by the package (for whatever reason). How would you identify
those as directories?
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