[Rubygems-developers] Why base64?
chad at chadfowler.com
Sat Nov 29 11:42:35 EST 2003
Mauricio Fernandez asked the question on irc, "Why use base64?" So, I
thought I'd post the question here as well. He has an example gem here:
And the patch (not that it's not obvious) here:
I find it more pleasing to open the file and see base64, but is there a
less subjective reason that we *need* to base64 encode files? I assumed
that putting binary files into the gems was a bad thing for some reason,
but I'm not convinced that there is a technical reason not to do it.
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