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Re: [Bug-tar] tar-1.25: test 39 fails on FreeBSD

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] tar-1.25: test 39 fails on FreeBSD
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:15:56 -0700
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[moving to bug-gnulib]

On 11/23/2010 02:03 PM, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 11/23/10 08:16, Joerg Schilling wrote:
>> The POSIX standard requires errno to be ELOOP in this case.
> Quite right.  And I see that this incompatibility is not
> fixed in FreeBSD 9-current, at least according to the
> published manual page.  Christian, would you please report this
> to the FreeBSD folks, if they don't know about it already?
> Christian's workaround is pretty easy, so I installed this:

> +++ b/src/extract.c
> @@ -609,6 +609,9 @@ maybe_recoverable (char *file_name, bool regular, bool 
> *interdir_made)
>    switch (e)
>      {
>      case ELOOP:
> +      /* With open ("symlink", O_NOFOLLOW|...), POSIX says errno == ELOOP,
> +      but FreeBSD through at least 8.1 uses errno == EMLINK.  */
> +    case EMLINK:

Should we instead patch gnulib's open() module to work around this bug,
so that tar can just rely on the gnulib module for POSIX semantics
instead of having to copy this workaround into all clients?

At any rate, this should be documented in gnulib's list of portability

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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