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Re: [Bug-tar] The empty tar file

From: Connor Behan
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] The empty tar file
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:06:34 -0700
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On 17/10/13 04:20 PM, Charles Swiger wrote:
> Hi--
> On Oct 17, 2013, at 2:10 AM, address@hidden wrote:
>> Hi GNU Team,
> Well, this is a mailing list for GNU tar, but there are a number of non-GNU 
> folks lurking around here.  :-)
>> This is regarding the creation of tar archive from files dropped to unix 
>> through a windows filer.
>> Files like ‘call for complaint.txt’ are being considered as three different 
>> arguments for the tar command.
> Yes, that's standard Unix shell behavior.
> Use backslashes or quotes to surround filenames containing spaces:
> tar cf nofile.tar call\ for\ complaint.txt     [ ...or... ]
> tar cf nofile.tar 'call for complaint.txt'
>> <image002.jpg>
>> The archive Nofile.tar.Z is being created with 164 bytes although it doesnot 
>> contain any files.
>> Is there any way to stop the tar command from generating the .tar archive if 
>> the files don’t exist?
> No; it's not considered an error to create a tar file which archived zero 
> files.
GNU tar refuses to make an archive for "no files". Some might argue that
it should also refuse to make an archive for "non-existent files". I
wrote a patch for this, the last time it came up and so far no one has
commented on it:

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