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Re: base64 tool?

From: P
Subject: Re: base64 tool?
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 17:29:18 +0000
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Simon Josefsson wrote:
Is a base64 encode/decode tool suitable for coreutils?

I typically use `M-: (base64-encode-string "foo")' in Emacs, but I
have found I often want a command line tool as well.  And `echo
foo|base64' is easier to type.

There is a base64 module in gnulib that I think would be suitable for
this.  It should probably not read in the entire file in memory,

I'm thinking:

Usage: base64 [OPTION] [FILE]...

A general "codec" util would probably be better?
i.e. codec --{de,en}code --codec={base64,uu,hexdump,quoted_print,...}

This would of course overlap a lot with existing stuff,
especially http://recode.progiciels-bpi.ca/

Pádraig Brady - http://www.pixelbeat.org

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