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From "Kristian Rosenvold (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (COMPRESS-290) TarArchiveOutputStream#failForBigNumber could be more helpful
Date Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:07:34 GMT
Kristian Rosenvold created COMPRESS-290:

             Summary: TarArchiveOutputStream#failForBigNumber could be more helpful
                 Key: COMPRESS-290
             Project: Commons Compress
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Kristian Rosenvold

We have now ported all of maven to use commons compress. When a user is running tar compression,
we may sometimes fail because the selected tar format does not support big numbers.

In this context we'd like to help our users by informing them that there may be other tar
formats than can be more suitable. I would request that this method throw some specialized
subclass of RuntimeException that we can catch to identify this particular error condition,
so we can talk to our users about their options :)

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