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Re: [Bug-tar] Issue with tar. Bug file.

From: Joerg Schilling
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] Issue with tar. Bug file.
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:16:45 +0200
User-agent: nail 11.22 3/20/05

Pulkit Bhuwalka <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hi,
> This is to report an issue that I have run into while using tar.
> *Issue* - tar destroys file when arguments are passed in wrong order
> leading to loss of data.
> *Correct tar order* - tar -cvzf "archive_file_name" "file_to_be_archived"
> *Order actually passed* - tar - cvzf "file_to_be_archived"
> "archive_file_name"
> tar ignores the fact that the "file_to_be_archived" exists and simply
> overwrites it, and then crashes out complaining that "archive_file_name"
> doesn't exist.

....A problem that is known since before GNU tar exists...

This is typical "tar" behavior and this is why "star" did never allow this in 
case it was called as "star". When keeping compatibility with the SUSv2 
I see no easy way to work around the problem.


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