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GNU tar 1.19

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: GNU tar 1.19
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 14:38:37 +0300


I am pleased to announce the release of GNU tar 1.19.

GNU tar is available for download from and the mirror sites worldwide (see for the list of those).

The available files and their MD5 sums are:

d184a969b3c364a89dc70971eac333c0  tar-1.19.cpio.gz
df68e53f83ae718e423f1268cdf0bb00  tar-1.19.cpio.gz.sig
cfa880511a0b5057b3e0739ba97fa2f3  tar-1.19.shar.gz
477dff26ec3a203b8f0f13a29acfc3f8  tar-1.19.shar.gz.sig
bcc2e19b19823b9ab68c94586067a792  tar-1.19.tar.bz2
f31b91b47a6786276a49e46467142da3  tar-1.19.tar.bz2.sig
fa22b3092b2c54a3fd3059ebd797c8a2  tar-1.19.tar.gz
c983c55819c258e7ed61dbac9d3dc232  tar-1.19.tar.gz.sig

For more information on tar, including links to file downloads,
please see the tar web page:
and the project page

Please email bugs or suggestions to <address@hidden>.

The list of noteworthy changes follows:

* New option --exclude-vcs

Excludes directories and files, created by several widely used version
control systems, e.g. "CVS/", ".svn/", etc.

* --exclude-tag and --exclude-cache options

The following options now work with incremental archives as well:


* Fix handling of renamed files in listed incremental archives.

Previous versions always stored absolute file names in rename
records, even if -P was not used. This is fixed: rename records
contain file names processed in accordance with the command line
* Fix --version output.

* Recognition of broken archives.

When supplied an archive smaller than 512 bytes, in reading mode (-x,
-t), the previous version of tar silently ignored it, exiting with
code 0. Version 1.19 issues the following diagnostic message:
'This does not look like a tar archive', and exits with code 2.

* Fix double-dot recognition in archive member names in case of duplicate '/.'.

* Fix file padding in case of truncation of the input file to zero size.


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