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deb==ar compatability

Hi, im implementing a mini ar command for boot-floppies to enable debs
to be unpacked by busybox alone.

Ive noticed that when i use gnu ar 2.9.5 it stores the filename with a
'/' character to mark the end of the filename, you can see it by just
opening the .ar file in vi.

Debian packages dont contain the '/' character to mark the end. I assume
that the '/' is there to allow spaces in the filenames stored within an

I realise it doesnt really matter becasue .debs dont have spaces in the

Im wondering if your aware of this, and if it is formally specified
anywhere what the correct behaviour is. 

Are .debs and .ar files supposed to be functionally equivalent?



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