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Re: [Bug-tar] Tar cheats when directed to /dev/null

From: Phillip Susi
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Tar cheats when directed to /dev/null
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 11:39:44 -0400
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On 3/25/2010 11:25 AM, Tim Kientzle wrote:
 There's an easy way to disable this particular optimization:
>    tar cf - dir | cat > /dev/null

I found an even easier and more efficient way.  Use /dev/zero instead of
/dev/null.  Different device number so it fools the check tar does, but
has the same intended effect.  Still, this "optimization" is evil and
should be removed.

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