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Re: [Bug-tar] Superfluous zero blocks following sparse files

From: Joerg Schilling
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Superfluous zero blocks following sparse files
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 15:53:27 +0100
User-agent: nail 11.22 3/20/05

Lars Gustäbel <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 19, 2007 at 03:49:53PM +0200, Sergey Poznyakoff wrote:
> > > I discovered a problem in tar 1.16.1 when I archive sparse
> > > files. The options I use are "--posix --sparse".
> > 
> > Thanks for reporting that. Here is the fix:
> Okay, the patch seems to be fine. However, the patched tar
> cannot read archives created with the unpatched version except
> if you use the -i option. I have no doubt that you are aware of
> that - just wanted to make sure ;-)

These archives are broken.....

It is still better to fix the bug this way than keeping a buggy 
(noncompliant) file format for 15+ years as it has been done with
the old GNU tar sparse format.


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