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Re: [Bug-tar] Re: AMTAR brokenness

From: Roger Leigh
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Re: AMTAR brokenness
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 2004 20:39:20 +0100
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Ralph Schleicher <address@hidden> writes:

> Roger Leigh <address@hidden> writes:
>> I'm using the patch I posted.  If and when anyone complains, I'll
>> instruct them to build and install the latest GNU tar (or build it for
>> them).  I require the functionality for long pathnames, and I don't
>> want to have to support broken tools.  For my needs, 99 chars is not
>> at all sufficient.
> Have you ever considered using 'cpio -H ustar' instead of tar?

I didn't realise it supported generating tar files.  For the cpio I
have (GNU cpio version 2.5):

   ustar  The POSIX.1 tar format.  Also recognizes GNU tar archives,
          which are similar but not identical.

How does this differ from "tar --format=posix".  Isn't the POSIX tar
format for the current GNU tar now the same thing?

Roger Leigh

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