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Re: install from a pile of floppies?

Daniel Reuter wrote:
> Hello Peter,
> On 12 Apr 2000, Peter Makholm wrote:
> > Daniel Reuter <reuter@Uni-Hohenheim.DE> writes:
> >
> > > in the distribution (But not as a .deb package, because on most
> > > "stupid" ;-) commercial Unixes there is no tool to extract .debs, and this
> >
> > Most Unices I've seen have had ar, tar and gzip.
> AFAIK, it is not possible to extract a .deb file neither with tar nor
> with gzip. I just tried it:
> tar xf ed_0.2-18.deb
> and it said:
> tar: Hmm, this doesn't look like a tar archive
> tar: Skipping to next file header
> tar: Only read 2526 bytes from archive ed_0.2-18.deb
> tar: Error ist unrecoverable: exiting now
> I am not that experienced concerning the internals of the .deb package
> format, so if you know how to extract these files with tar, ar or gzip,
> please let me know.

Debian packages are gzipped tar archives inside an ar archive.

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