Subject: ftp and tar annoyances
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Brad Salai <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/13/1997 12:56:26
There is a thing about tar that makes it slightly harder to use than it
might otherwise be.

You have to get the options in the right order,

tar -zxvpf bin.tar.gz   works, but

tar -zxvfp bin.tar.gz   doesn't

Once you know this, only the occasional tyop causes problems, but why does
it have to be that way?

As for ftp, mget is a nice idea, but it asks you to confirm that you still
want  each file as it comes up. This makes it impossible to just get a
collection of files, either by matching a pattern, or listing the files,
without sitting there.

This arises in collecting up the tarballs, so it gets me frequently.

Again, not the end of the world, but it could be easier.


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