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Re: [Bug-tar] Proposed fix for a very old problem.

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Proposed fix for a very old problem.
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 16:40:28 -0700
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On 05/16/11 16:18, David M. Warme wrote:
> a. Add a --guid-header option to tar, which really only affects the
>    create command.  At the start of the tar "create" session, it picks a
>    random GUID, and then includes this GUID (as an extension datum) in
>    every header record generated.

This sounds like a very good suggestion.  But I assume that it would
apply only to pax format?  That would limit its utility.

Perhaps we could use it with USTAR format too?  We could use the
bytes after the first NUL in the linkname field, say.  Long linknames
wouldn't get the protection but that's a relatively minor problem.

Also, there is the little matter of who will code up this suggestion....

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