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From "Stefan Bodewig (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COMPRESS-290) TarArchiveOutputStream#failForBigNumber could be more helpful
Date Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:03:33 GMT


Stefan Bodewig commented on COMPRESS-290:

The message already says "field 'FOO' is too big ( > SOME BIG NUMBER)" or "field 'FOO'
is too long ( > 100 bytes )".

If you can think of any way of improving this, any patch is more than welcome.

> TarArchiveOutputStream#failForBigNumber could be more helpful
> -------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COMPRESS-290
>                 URL:
>             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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