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

From: Javier Jardón
Subject: Re: tar-pax or tar-ustar as a default for automake
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 20:25:04 +0100

On 22 June 2011 02:28, Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> wrote:
> 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.

FYI, GNU tar added pax support in 2004 [1]
Anyway, a change to ustar would be enough for us. Should I file a bug for this?

Best regards

[1] (See problems and
Javier Jardón Cabezas

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