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Re: [Bug 204567] New: base64 -d doesn't accept base64 output

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [Bug 204567] New: base64 -d doesn't accept base64 output
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 15:16:36 +0100

Hi Simon,

[For background, see
  http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/bug-coreutils/2006-08/msg00336.html ]

I'm sure you recall that the base64 program (relatively new to coreutils)
cannot decode its own output, unless we resort to use of the sledgehammer
--ignore-garbage option.

This is a pretty ugly wart on base64 (both the gnulib module and the
coreutils program).  There should be a way to decode base64 data with
interspersed newlines, but without requiring applications to pre-process
the data solely to remove those bytes.

Since you're the one who contributed this code, (this is how I say
"thanks" :-) I get to ask, "Will you have time to resolve this cleanly?"


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