Subject: Re: ftp and tar annoyances
To: None <,>
From: Brad Salai <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/14/1997 10:11:44
At 11:33 AM +0100 11/14/97, wrote:
>> I always use "tar xvpfz filename.tar.gz" to extract gzip'd tar files,
>> and I've never had a problem.  I personally have never understood why
>> people have bothered with the unneeded "-" and the hassle that goes with
>> it :-)
>Yes, usually I do this too.  However, as soon as you add "--unlink"
>(which doesn't have a single-letter equivalent, and which is usually
>required when unpacking a snapshot) to the set of options to GNU
>tar, I think it will insist that you add a single hyphen in front of
>the other options as well, and as explained, this introduces a new
>requirement on the ordering of the options in this "bundle".
>The man page for tar actually says
>    Note that you cannot mix bundled flags and --style flags; [...]
>Though I'm not sure "-xpzvf" could be characterized as a "bundle"
>(maybe not?).
>Yes, I think it is sort of counter-intuitive that in the case of
>"-xpzvf" order matters, while in "xpzvf" it doesn't.
>- H=E5vard

That's it exactly, thanks.


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