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[Bug-tar] Re: Exit status for recoverable errors

From: Adrian
Subject: [Bug-tar] Re: Exit status for recoverable errors
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2005 12:41:45 +0100

Any comment/info on the suggestion?

We think it's a reasonable and easy-to-implement improvement. Any
possibility to be included in new releases of tar?


El lun, 17-01-2005 a las 11:42, Adrian escribió:
> Hi. This is a suggestion/improvement for the exit status of "tar".
> We have a backup script that launches tar and checks the exit status. If
> the exit status is non-cero (error), the script logs the stdout and
> stderr to a file, and then it sends a email to a person.
> Our problem is that the exit status value doesn't difference between
> recoverable (warnings) and non-recoverable (critical) errors.
> We obtain frecuently a "file changed as we read it" error, that is
> recoverable (a warning) since "tar" continues and the backup is made
> perfectly. But the exit status is non-cero (2), and the script logs and
> warns us every time the recoverable error appears.
> So our suggestion/improvement is to distinguish recoverable and
> non-recoverable errors in the exit status. For example, use "3" value
> for recoverable and "2" for non-recoverable errors. In this way, scripts
> will be able to detect critical/non-recoverabe errors and do different
> things.
> Thanks for your time

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