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Re: [PATCH] change default --format from gnu to posix

From: Michał Górny
Subject: Re: [PATCH] change default --format from gnu to posix
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 08:38:34 +0100
User-agent: Evolution 3.42.1

On Thu, 2021-12-09 at 21:40 -0500, Mike Frysinger wrote:
> The posix standard has been released for over 20 years, and tar has
> supported it for almost as long (at least since 2004).  The docs have
> said the default will change in a future version for almost as long,
> so lets finally actually switch it.
> * NEWS: Update.
> * configure.ac (DEFAULT_ARCHIVE_FORMAT): Change GNU to POSIX.
> * doc/tar.texi: Update gnu & posix format sections mentioning defaults.

This sounds like a bad idea.  The last time I checked (it was in 2018
though [1]), GNU extensions were still more portable than PAX.

Best regards,
Michał Górny

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