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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Lone zero blocks

From: Jan Hudec
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Lone zero blocks
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 10:26:07 +0100
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On Sat, Mar 20, 2004 at 09:13:11 +0000, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 19, 2004 at 09:27:34AM -0500, Aaron Bentley wrote:
> > Robert Collins wrote:
> > >On Fri, 2004-03-19 at 16:34, Aaron Bentley wrote:
> > >there was a recent nasty bug in debian tar related to zero's - see the
> > >changelog for moredetails on the problem & fix... may be related.
> > 
> > Ah, this is debian bug #235821
> > Apparently there are some differing ideas about the proper way to 
> > terminate tar files, and GNU tar was recently made stricter.  Now it's 
> > been relaxed, but it's unclear to me whether the archives do, in fact, 
> > violate the spec.
> There are several competing tar specifications, and most (probably
> all) tar implementations violate at least one of them. Some of them
> are broken, too.

Shouln't then the principle "be strict in what you produce and liberal
in what you accept" apply and thus tar be silent about non-conformant
archives, if they can be read?

                                                 Jan 'Bulb' Hudec 

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