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bug#258: [22.2]: visiting boost_1_35_0.tar.bz2 causes an error

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: bug#258: [22.2]: visiting boost_1_35_0.tar.bz2 causes an error
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 11:40:41 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

>> > It's the ustar format used by pax.  We've bumped into this before, I
>> > think; search the archives.  (It's strange, though: I'm quite sure I
>> > installed a stopgap fix in the last minute before v22.1 hit the FTP
>> > sites, so maybe I'm confused and this is another problem?)
>> It doesn't look like the wiki's description of ustar.  Do you know where
>> I could find a description of the format in that tarball?

> Not at the moment, no.  I will look.

Please do, thank you.

> In case you are right, and this _is_ GNU tar format,

I don't know that it is but wikipedia seems to think that the "ustar  "
indicates it's GNU Tar format.

> it should be described in the GNU Tar docs, and maybe you will find
> more in the GNU Tar sources.

I couldn't find it in GNU Tar's Texinfo doc (it does have some
description of tar-format, as well as discussions about various formats
w.r.t how well each one is supported and how to choose among them).

Hopefully the source code has further info (well it surely does have,
in the form of actual code ;-),


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