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RE: [Bug-tar] Incremental extract improvement

From: John McDole
Subject: RE: [Bug-tar] Incremental extract improvement
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 09:29:42 -0400

I believe if you polled the majority of people who use GNU tar, you'll
find that they will agree with Sergey on this one.  The whole point of
the listed-incremental is to create small snapshots of what has changed
since the last snapshot; those snapshots include files that are moved,
deleted, renamed, etc, so that when fully restored the file system is a
mirror image at the time of archival.

John Thomas McDole

-----Original Message-----
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Of Sergey Poznyakoff
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 5:39 AM
To: Ian Turner
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Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Incremental extract improvement

Ian Turner <address@hidden> wrote:

> If I were in charge of the world, yes: I say that the current default 
> behavior is confusing and dangerous for new users, and should be

Perhaps most unix commands are dangerous for new users, unless they read
documentation prior to using them (which is, unfortunately, rather
rare). Sacrificing functionality so that newbies don't accidentally
destroy their data is, in my opinion, not the best way to proceed.

Besides, the current incremental restore behavior is the way GNU tar
operates since 1997, so changing it will break all scripts people were
using since then.


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