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Haskell library for binary serialisation using lazy ByteStrings

Binary serialisation of Haskell values to and from lazy ByteStrings. The Binary library provides methods for encoding Haskell values as streams of bytes directly in memory. The resulting ByteString can then be written to disk, sent over the network, or futher processed (for example, compressed with gzip).

The 'Binary' package is notable in that it provides both pure, and high performance serialisation.

Values are always encoded in network order (big endian) form, and encoded data should be portable across machine endianess, word size, or compiler version. For example, data encoded using the Binary class could be written from GHC, and read back in Hugs.

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  binary: efficient, pure binary serialisation using lazy ByteStrings

The 'binary' package provides Data.Binary, containing the Binary class,
and associated methods, for serialising values to and from lazy

A key feature of 'binary' is that the interface is both pure, and efficient.

The 'binary' package is po


haskell-binary ( unstable; urgency=low

  [ Joachim Breitner ]
  * New upstream release 
  * Adopt by Debian Haskell Group 

  [ Marco TĂșlio Gontijo e Silva ]
  * Use debian/compat 7.

  [ Joachim Breitner ]
  * Remove hugs package

 -- Joachim Breitner <>  Sat, 20 Feb 2010 15:45:20 +0100

haskell-binary ( unstable; urgency=low

  * New upstream release



layer handling:

    bit packing
    state parameters
    string pools

    reading structures from the end of a stream, seek/tell behaviour

seek based protocols are too hard. 
    hGetContents/ interleaving.

user requests:

    get remaining bytestring after a runGet

    some kind of lookahead, or restoring parsing state, or something with
      equal functionality. make it another layer on to


This package was debianised by Kari Pahula <> on Thu,
08 Mar 2007.  All of the Debian

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