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From "Rainer Jung" <>
Subject [OT] tar incompatibilities
Date Wed, 14 Dec 2005 10:08:49 GMT
Concerning my mails related to strange behaviour of the release tarballs:

There is an incompatibility between gnu tar and other tars as well as
different versions of gnu tar whenever the name of a file (including path)
is exactly 100 chars long. POSIX allows exactly 100 chars without using
extension mechanisms, newer gnu tars seem to use their own extension
algorithm already starting with length 100.

All files with strange behaviour in the release tarballs had path+file
name exactly 100 chars long and the last char was chopped off whenever the
extracting tar was not compatible (even gnu tar) with the building tar.

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