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Re: tar file system

From: Thomas Bushnell, BSG
Subject: Re: tar file system
Date: 21 Dec 2001 16:21:14 -0800
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Neal H Walfield <neal@cs.uml.edu> writes:

> I disagree; libdiskfs should be used.

Quite right.

> Embracing the Unix philosophy, the implementation should be as lazy as
> possible, i.e. it should wait until the very last minute to actually
> fill in the data structures rather than doing all of the work on
> startup.

This is true, but tar may be tough. :)

Be careful about one thing: if the same file occurs more than once in
the archive, you must use the *last* occurrence, not the first, as the
contents of the file.  That might require scanning through the whole

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