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Re: permissions of files in dist tarball

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: permissions of files in dist tarball
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 20:55:46 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-08-09)

Hello Thomas, Bob,

* Bob Friesenhahn wrote on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 12:23:39AM CET:
> On Tue, 24 Nov 2009, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> >>
> >>    Make sure that the directory into which the distribution unpacks (as
> >> well as any subdirectories) are all world-writable (octal mode 777).
> >> This is so that old versions of `tar' which preserve the ownership and
> >> permissions of the files from the tar archive will be able to extract
> >> all the files even if the user is unprivileged.
> >
> >Does anyone have a cite for what version, how old?
> >
> >(sounds like mid 1980's, actually).
> It must not be that old since I have distinct memories of such
> problems.

This text is already part of the an RCS version of
standards.texi that I can find, presumably from 1994-09-21.

I wonder whether GCS should be changed; and if, whether it should
still recommend 777 for the reasons Jim stated earlier.


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