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Re: Bug#486425: ITP: bomstrip -- strip Byte-Order Marks from UTF-8 text files



On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 10:55:47AM +0200, Guus Sliepen wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 03:08:02AM +0300, Peter Pentchev wrote:
> 
> > * Package name    : bomstrip
> >   Programming Lang: Awk, Brainf*ck, C, C++, Forth, Haskell, OCaml, Ook!,
> >                     Pascal, PHP, Perl, PostScript, Python, Ruby, sed,
> > 		    Unlambda
> 
> All these programming languages got me wondering. Apparently the same
> program is implemented in all these languages. But you only need one to
> get the desired functionality. Also, I see the sed variant is just a
> one-liner. Perhaps it is better if this functionality is merged with a
> package like coreutils or recode, if it is not already there someway.

As the author writes on his website, the whole point of the bomstrip
project being a collection of implementations is more of a social /
political goal of "spreading the word", showing how easy it is,
bringing attention to the broken UTF-8 text files that some programs
generate, and so on.

IMHO, the distribution also servers as a nice way to demonstrate
a simple (well, admittedly, a *very* simple :)) task done in various
languages.

Hm.  Okay, so maybe the two command-line utilities and the collection
might be separated.  IMHO, the collection *is* still useful on its own :)
If others share this opinion, I may either create two separate packages,
or just remove the command-line utilities and file a wishlist bug
against coreutils or textutils or something like that.  How does that
strike you?  What do others think?

G'luck,
Peter

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Do you think anybody has ever had *precisely this thought* before?

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