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Re: Size matters. Debian binary package stats

On Sun, Dec 18, 2005 at 02:56:10PM +0100, Olaf van der Spek wrote:
> Why would this be huge?
> Why is it that hard to plugin another codec?

You'd have to rewrite about every single tool in the world handling .debs,
make up a transition plan and upgrade from that. Not to mention that you'd
have to make sure it works on all kinds of obscure platforms actually using
the thing. (And yes, I have used ar and tar to extract debs, and consider it
a quite useful feature.)

The .deb format is _fixed_ -- this isn't AVI where you just “plug in another
codec” and hope it works.

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