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

From: Tim Kientzle
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] need to build a Windows tar
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:11:33 -0800

On Dec 19, 2011, at 1:31 AM, Joerg Schilling wrote:

> 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.

With libarchive, we had to use Windows-specific code to
work around this.  Fortunately, it only affected a couple
of places (the parts of libarchive that actually deal
with disk attributes are pretty well isolated).



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