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Re: Size matters. Debian binary package stats

On Sun, Dec 18, 2005 at 08:23:56PM +0100, Olaf van der Spek wrote:
> On 12/18/05, Steinar H. Gunderson <sgunderson@bigfoot.com> wrote:
> > 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
> Why is the knowledge of how to decode a .deb distributed over so many tools?
Probably, it's because there's no [C] library that would allow those
tools to deal with .deb files.  Hence everybody start writing the tool
by creating one more parser for the .deb format.


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