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Re: [Bug-tar] bad treatment of symlinks

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] bad treatment of symlinks
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:22:59 -0700
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On 10/18/11 02:26, Andries E. Brouwer wrote:
> It would be nice if tar treated symlinks for just
> what they are: small files that contain a filename,
> and restored file and mode at the moment of extraction.

Tar used to do that, but it led to security holes.
If you want the old behavior, use the -P option, but
I suggest first reading the "Reliability and Security"
part of the tar manual.

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