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Re: tar file system

From: Jeroen Dekkers
Subject: Re: tar file system
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 14:18:34 +0100
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On Thu, Dec 20, 2001 at 11:42:45PM -0800, arun v wrote:
> Hi,
> I would like to give a try for tarfs.
> Can you please guide me, in how to proceed ahead with
> the work?

Moritz already said the hurd aspects of tarfs in his mail, I'm not going
to repeat them here. I already have thought about a tarfs translator
some time ago.

> How can i extract the tar files to directory?
> Can i make a call to tar command in my pgm?

AFAIK GNU tar is broken. Its format is incompatible with the current
POSIX standard. If you want to do it the Right Way, you should make a
tar library, a tar program linked to that library and a tarfs translator
which also uses that library.

You can find the current format used by GNU tar in the comments of the
code IIRC. You can find the POSIX documents at
http://www.opengroup.org/austin (AFAIK the latest draft (7) is the same
as POSIX 1003.1-2001).

Jeroen Dekkers
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