Subject: Re: while we're looking at old bugs
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Michael C. Richardson <email@example.com>
Date: 10/06/1997 11:28:03
>>>>> "John" == John F Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
John> I don't know how to objectively answer "should", but:
John> tar(1) does (and specifically tests for running as root
John> before trying).
John> cpio(1) does (it tries the chown and is silent if the
John> failure is EPERM).
John> cp(1) does if you ask for it (with -p), but is silent if it
John> can't give you what you asked for.
John> pax(1) "doesn't", in the sense that you have to ask for
John> preserving uid/gid and you get warning messages if that
John> fails for any reason.
This is one reason I prefer pax to tar/cpio.
If I want to untar something as root, and keep it as a root, then
I can't do it. I didn't tar it up as root, because I didn't want to
give root to my build process, but the resulting files should be root.
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