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Re: [Bug-tar] xattr support on Linux

From: Tim Kientzle
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] xattr support on Linux
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 20:07:42 -0700

> On Mon, 2012-10-01 at 22:30 -0700, Paul Eggert wrote:
>> On 10/01/2012 07:27 PM, Bdale Garbee wrote:
>>> Are there plans to add xattr support to tar?
>> I don't have any, no.
> Paul, Sergey, Linux extended attributes are quite important file system
> feature -- at least users of POSIX ACLs, capabilities or SELinux need some
> way to backup these.  I'd be glad to help you with related problems to
> reduce maintenance cost of course if you reconsidered patching GNU tar for
> xattrs again.  Could you discuss the pros and cons in mentioned thread?

FWIW, both star and bsdtar support xattrs on Linux.

It would be nice if GNU tar were compatible with those existing implementations.



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