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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: [compress] AR docs confusion
Date Wed, 03 Jan 2018 05:12:49 GMT
On 2018-01-03, Torsten Curdt wrote:

> Someone raised an issue over at jdeb


[WRT to that issue, LONGFILE_POSIX should be the preferred option if it
works in debs. LONGFILE_GNU is considered deprecated even by GNU tar.]

> and I have to say I was a little confused about the docs on the AR support
> in compress


>> Commons Compress 1.0 to 1.2 can only read archives using the GNU/SRV4
>> variant, support for the BSD variant has been added in Commons Compress
>> 1.3. Commons Compress 1.3 also optionally supports writing archives with
>> file names longer than 16 characters using the BSD dialect, writing the
>> SVR4/GNU dialect is not supported.

Please help us improve it. To me (the one who wrote the paragraph) it is
totally clear. ;-)

Should it explicitly state that all versions of Compress can read and
write the original format that is limited to 16 char names?

> Is this what it means?

> 1.0:
>   Original: r/w
>   GNU/SRV4: r
>   BSD: unsupported

> 1.2:
>   Original: r/w
>   GNU/SRV4: r
>   BSD: unsupported

> 1.3+:
>   Original: r/w
>   GNU/SRV4: r
>   BSD: r/w



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