Subject: Re: FYI: upgrading GNU tar
To: NetBSD-current Discussion List <>
From: Alistair Crooks <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/12/2002 15:51:29
On Fri, Oct 11, 2002 at 06:27:40PM -0400, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> [ On Friday, October 11, 2002 at 18:05:51 (-0400), Greg A. Woods wrote: ]
> > Subject: Re: FYI: upgrading GNU tar
> >
> > I haven't ever encountered any tar archives on the net that cause me any
> > grief with 'pax', though I can't claim to have unpacked even all those
> > used in pkgsrc (${GTAR} is defined in pkgsrc, but I don't immediately
> > see any use of it in any of the makefiles I have, and I have had
> > EXTRACT_USING_PAX defined for quite a long time now and I've patched the
> > related _DFLT_EXTRACT_CMD to use 'pax -O' instead of 'dd | pax' too).
> Hmmm... that's not quite right....  I screwed up the search....
> I don't know how many of these are "necessary" uses of GNU Tar and how
> many are "Just Because" (not many/any I suspect, though I only use one
> of them -- most should probably be modified to use ${EXTRACT_CMD}, and
> some like sysutils/cpuburn/Makefile are particularly strange):

I know that I did a trawl some time ago, and moved as much as I could
from ${GTAR} to ${PAX}, but it could be that there are some holdouts.