Subject: Re: tar & devnodes
To: Jukka Marin <>
From: enami tsugutomo <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/27/2001 10:09:28
Jukka Marin <> writes:

> Was trying to copy /dev using tar and noticed that tar (in 1.5R) doesn't
> understand big device minor numbers.  raid0i has minor number of 524288,
> which became 0 .. 

echo p/o 524288 | gdb -q
(gdb) $1 = 02000000

So, this is too large to fit 6 (= 8 - 2; one for space and one for
NUL).  I'm not sure why GNU tar 1.12 terminates this field with space
and NUL (some of other field is requied so?  pax also uses this not
for this field but for checksum field btw).

It looks like 1.13 just uses NUL for this field, tho.