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Re: [Bug-tar] empty extractions...

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] empty extractions...
Date: 11 Dec 2003 15:20:12 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.3

Sam Halliday <address@hidden> writes:

>   http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/sources/audiofile/0.2/audiofile-0.2.3.tar.bz2
> which i extract to
> total 8.0K
> -rw-r--r--    1 samuel   samuel          0 Oct 26  2001 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
> ...

I can confirm seeing the same bug on Debian GNU/Linux 3.0r1, so the problem
is not specific to FreeBSD.

The problem is that the sparse file extraction code in tar 1.13.91 is
bollixed up somewhow.  You'll probably run into this problem with any
GNU tar archive created with the --sparse option.

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