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Re: [Bug-tar] tar "v7" format archives are created with directory entrie
Re: [Bug-tar] tar "v7" format archives are created with directory entries
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 08:55:58 +0200
> This is talking about what tar will accept, but isn't the bug report
> about what tar generates?
I'm afraid I didn't explain myself properly. The test case in question
tests if tar stores directories while creating a "v7" archive. Here's
tar cfvo archive directory
The -o option is synonymous to -H v7, so the case fits exactly the bug
> Perhaps we should leave the current behavior alone, since it's been
> that way for quite some time and possibly people depend on it.
They do, indeed. As I said, Automake generated Makefiles use this
feature extensively. By default, the "dist" goal in such Makefiles
creates the distribution tarball using this command:
tar chof - DIRNAME
so we cannot simply change the existing behavior.
> We could call the new option --format='seventh-edition'.
Nice idea. I'm all for it.