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tar extraction behavior concerning symlinks

From: Andy Grover
Subject: tar extraction behavior concerning symlinks
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 23:59:45 -0700


tar behaves strangely wrt symlinks. It overwrites them, instead of
following them. I had originally filed a bug report with RedHat, please
see http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=10641.

If this is the correct POSIX behavior, then the documentation at
http://www.gnu.org/manual/tar/html_mono/tar.html#SEC62 needs to be
updated to reflect this.

(I personally liked the old way this worked, but who am I to argue with
POSIX? ;-)

Thanks -- Regards -- Andy

andy grover email: address@hidden

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