Re: [hackers] [sent] [PATCH 2/2] replace farbfeld with libnetpbm

From: Matthew of Boswell <>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:37:46 -0500

On Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:59:33 +0100
Markus Teich <> wrote:

> Grant Mathews wrote:
> > Aside from those points: would rewriting the patch to not use libnetpbm,
> > but to use the Netpbm helpers instead, be acceptable?
> Heyho Grant,
> no it will not, but as noted in the other mail you are welcome to push your
> patch to the wiki.
> --Markus

It seems a few people wanted pbm support instead of farfeld in sent, so
it's probably a good candidate for the wiki.

Personally, I don't see much reason to have a complex image format as
an intermediate when all we really care about in sent is simplicity
and the internal representation of image data. Farbfeld is the magic
"read any type of image" component, and it shouldn't matter whether you
use farbfeld or some magic bloated library that imports all image

If you replace the word "farbfeld" with "libimagereader", would you
still be motivated to replace it with pbm? Maybe calling farbfeld an
image format (technically correct) is throwing people off. "farbfeld
the image file reader"? But I don't think that description would portray
the special simplicity of farbfeld.

Matt Boswell
Received on Fri Dec 11 2015 - 21:37:46 CET

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