Subject: Re: Big problems with snapshot/20000226, part 1
To: Paul Hoffman <>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/02/2000 13:40:07
On Thu, Mar 02, 2000 at 08:17:10AM -0800, Paul Hoffman wrote:
> I made the floppies from the directory, booted, and started a clean install 
> using the default partitioning and just the non-X sets, getting them with 
> FTP. This is on a Pentium system with a 13 Gig hard drive. Towards the end 
> of the tar for base.tgz, it starts kicking out errors of not being able to 
> set the date and permissions on folders it is creating because / is full. 
> The directories it is complaining about are created, and they seem to have 
> perfectly reasonable times on them, but after the base.tgz untarring, it 
> says errors were encountered.

This is a totally silly bug related to the use of 'pax' instead of 'tar'
on the install floppies.  As it extracts, pax writes out a list of file
times and permissions into a file in /tmp so it can apply them in one
pass at the end of the extraction.  Unfortunately, this file doesn't fit
on the MFS's /tmp.

A trivial workaround, though one I am hesitant to apply to the source tree, 
would be to have sysinst set the environment variable TMPDIR to "/mnt"
before calling pax.

Another, related bug is that if you try to extract the sets by hand,
from the floppy environment, you have to be quite careful because pax-as-tar
doesn't assume -p if you're running as root, as GNU tar does.  So, you must
use 'tar xpzf ...' where with the old tar you could use 'tar xzf ...' to
get the permissions right.

Thor Lancelot Simon	                            
	"And where do all these highways go, now that we are free?"