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Re: [Bug-tar] need to build a Windows tar

From: Joerg Schilling
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] need to build a Windows tar
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:31:36 +0100
User-agent: nail 11.22 3/20/05

Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:

> On 12/18/11 15:55, Steven Penny wrote:
> > why is MinGW found many times in the "configure" file?
> GNU Tar uses some library code that can run on MinGW, and some
> of its configuration creeps into 'configure', but that doesn't
> mean that GNU Tar itself runs on MinGW.

It seems that stat() on Win-DOS does no deliver inode numbers and as a result 
of the fact that the struct stat definition defines ino_t as short make it 
impossible to even write a work around for this important standard compliance 
bug. Note that MS internally has the important and needed inode number but it 
is not forwarded to standard compliant software.

IIRC, recent star versions (see ftp://ftp.berlios.de/pub/schily/) compile on 
Win-DOS even with the MS C-Compiler but you will not have nuch luck with it as 
the non-compliances introduced by MS make it belive that all files are hard 
linked to each other. In any case, mkisofs and sfind definitely compile this 
but the named problems prevent them from being useful.

Things would be simple if MS did minimally follow standards.


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