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Re: tar suggestions

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: tar suggestions
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 09:51:32 +0300 (IDT)

On Tue, 3 Jul 2001, David Haigh wrote:

> Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > 
> > > From: "David Haigh" <address@hidden>
> > > Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 11:27:06 -0700
> > >
> > > I'd like to see an option to allow the extraction of the absolute
> > > path in a tar file. I like that GNU tar defaults to extracting a
> > > relative path, however there are times I would really like the
> > > ability to extract the full path.
> > 
> > You mean, like "tar -P" does?
> Does it?

I just tried it again, just to be sure, and it does for me (in
Tar 1.12a).

>      P         Suppress the addition of a trailing "/" on  direc-
>                tory entries in the archive.

Did you actually try -P and see that it didn't work on extraction?  If
it does work, it's possible that this is just a documentation bug.
The manual for Tar 1.12 clearly says it works with "tar -x" as well,
but maybe later manual editions removed that.  (What version of Tar
did you use, btw?)

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