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Re: [Bug-tar] Re: AMTAR brokenness

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Re: AMTAR brokenness
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2004 18:31:07 +0300

Roger Leigh <address@hidden> wrote:

> 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?

No, it isn't. The option --format=posix means POSIX.1-2001 format
(a.k.a. "pax format"), whereas ustar is POSIX.1-1988. The former
is atually a superset of the latter.


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