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Re: deb==ar compatability

On Tue, 30 May 2000, Wichert Akkerman wrote:

> > Im wondering if your aware of this, and if it is formally specified
> > anywhere what the correct behaviour is. 
> I'm not sure if there is an official spec for the ar format, the
> binutils source doesn't reference one iirc.

OpenBSD has a nice AR format man page. I forget what the name was though.

> > Are .debs and .ar files supposed to be functionally equivalent?
> A .deb should be complient to the ar standard.

IIRC the 'ar' program has a hard time producing a valid .deb. It is too
early in the morning to remember why exactly.. :>


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