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Re: tar-pax or tar-ustar as a default for automake

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: tar-pax or tar-ustar as a default for automake
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:28:48 -0500 (CDT)
User-agent: Alpine 2.01 (GSO 1266 2009-07-14)

On Tue, 21 Jun 2011, Russ Allbery wrote:

The problem, of course, being that pax probably isn't available, which
makes it hard for a default choice.

As per WikiPedia:

"Despite being standardized in 2001 by IEEE, as of 2010, pax enjoys relatively little popularity and penetration rate.

pax is required to be present in all conformant systems by Linux Standard Base since version 3.0 (released on July 6, 2005),[2] but so far few Linux distributions ship and install it by default. However, most distributions include pax as a separately installable package."

I find pax under Solaris, FreeBSD, & Apple's OS X but not (by default on) Ubtuntu Linux.

Bob Friesenhahn
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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