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Re: [Bug-tar] tar-1.26-29.el7.x86_64 on CentOS

From: Pavel Raiskup
Subject: Re: [Bug-tar] tar-1.26-29.el7.x86_64 on CentOS
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:42:14 +0200
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Hi Tero,

On Monday, June 27, 2016 9:27:43 AM CEST Tero Kirjavainen wrote:
> By default, extract destroys symbolic links on CentOS 7
> Older CentOS 6 and tar-1.23-13.el6.x86_64 this didn't happen.
> I don't know if this is CentOS specific or generic Tar behaviour.

I encourage you to contact CentOS bugzilla with CentOS related questions.
Upstream is usually not aware of distribution specific stuff..

But yes, older tar (even upstream) followed directory symlinks instead of
removing them.  This has been changed to remove dir symlinks (as any other
non-directory files) later and even after that fix the option
--keep-directory-option has been added to be compatible with the old behavior.


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