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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #44007] test tar changes working directory in

From: Philip Nienhuis
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #44007] test tar changes working directory in MXE-Octave ver 4.1.0+
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:28:14 +0000
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Follow-up Comment #9, bug #44007 (project octave):

The MinGW supplied solution to use bsdtar.exe rather than tar.exe gives rise
to a few questions:

- Should mxe-octave (cross-)build bsdtar and in the end rename (or copy) the
executable to tar.exe? (= the easiest solution for MinGW builds)

- Or should we introduce a stanza in unpack.m to check for windows ("ïf
(ispc)") and then invoke bsdtar rather than tar if the if clause returns true?
 (a bit messy IMO)

Once this issue is resolved I can proceed fixing "test unpack.m".

I'll add Rik & John D. to the CC list, I'll await their opinion.
Rik, John: the underlying issue is that mingw tar doesn't accept file paths
like 'c:\full\path\to\file'; but bsdtar (and gzip and bzip2 and zip) do.
AFAICS, apart from this bsdtar is functionally equivalent to tar.


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