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

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: Re: [PATCH] change default --format from gnu to posix
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2021 12:30:36 +0100
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Apologies for not being able to reply earlier.  I have missed a long
discussion, so allow me to put in my 2 cents.

Indeed, back in 2004 it was me who updated the docs with the suggestion
that this format "will be the default format for future versions
of GNU tar".  I must admit, it was easier written than done, for the
compatibility reasons described by Paul.  However, I still think that
this switch should be done.

Regarding reproducible build concerns, expressed by Paul: I don't
believe it is an issue.  Reproducible tarballs in PAX format are
easily made with the following option:


(btw, it is mentioned in the tar docs as well).

That all being said, I think that we should begin with the PATCH 1/2.

Best regards,

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