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Re: base64 tool?

From: Simon Josefsson
Subject: Re: base64 tool?
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 04:23:28 +0100
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Philip Rowlands <address@hidden> writes:

> There's the "base64" openssl applet, which can use argv[0]:
> $ ln -s /usr/bin/openssl base64
> $ echo "This is a test" | ./base64
> VGhpcyBpcyBhIHRlc3QK
> $ echo VGhpcyBpcyBhIHRlc3QK | openssl base64 -d
> This is a test

Right, although it doesn't have customizable line wrapping.  Nor is it
as standalone as most of the coreutils tools are...

Jim Meyering <address@hidden> writes:

>> Is a base64 encode/decode tool suitable for coreutils?
> As Padraig noted, GNU recode does this:
>   $ echo foo|recode ../64
>   Zm9vCg==
>   $ echo foo|recode ../64|recode /64
>   foo
> but I find the syntax to be obscure.
> And it's not always available.


FWIW, I have written a base64 tool to satisfy my needs.  It is based
on the coreutils code style.  If at some point in time, the need for a
base64 tool in coreutils arise, it should not be difficult to adapt my



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