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From "David Reid" <>
Subject Re: favors GNU tar
Date Sun, 24 Nov 2002 20:37:38 GMT
+1 from me.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Wilfredo Sánchez" <>
To: "Apache HTTPD Developers" <>
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:18 PM
Subject: favors GNU tar

> seems to prefer gtar to tar for archiving.  This doesn't
> actually happen on Mac OS X because on Darwin, it's 'gnutar', not
> 'gtar'.
>    This is trivial to fix, except that I'd rather not use GNU tar if I
> don't have to.  The reason being that GNU tar generates
> non-POSIX-compliant tar archives, which when unpacked with POSIX tar
> potentially gives you a bogus @LongLink directory.  I'd rather use a
> POSIX tar program which both POSIX tar and GNU tar can unpack properly.
>   The only drawback there is if we have really long path names, POSIX
> tar craps out where GNU tar doesn't.  I don't think we have really long
> path names, though.
>    So does anyone object if I un-favor GNU tar?
>    Looks like the real reason we favor it is to use the -z option
> instead of having to run gzip after the fact.  Running gzip in a pipe
> chain would do as well, though.
> -wsv

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