Subject: Re: while we're looking at old bugs
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Michael C. Richardson <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/06/1997 11:28:03
>>>>> "John" == John F Woods <> 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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