Subject: Re: standards/19644: star should become standard tar
To: None <>
From: Anthraxz __ <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 01/02/2003 20:22:24
>From: "Jeremy C. Reed" <>
>CC:,  <>
>Subject: Re: standards/19644: star should become standard tar
>Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 11:27:06 -0800 (PST)
>On Thu, 2 Jan 2003 wrote:
> > star
> > 
> > should become the standard tar on Gentoo. GNU tar has lots of known bugs
> > and it's just ugly (moreover, the project seems dead ...). No one is
> > able to maintain GNU tar right because it's an ugly hack, not beiing
> > POSIX compliant and not even generating correct tar archives by default.
> > star does all this better and has ACL support additionally ...
>Did you mean to say that star is the standard tar on Gentoo?

Sorry, my english is a little poor ... I mean to say I had hear that there 
are somes discution in Gentoo to replace GNU tar by star. I'm not sure, but 
I think that star should be a good candidate for the standard tar in netbsd, 
since it support gnu tar, ansi tar, POSIX.1-2001 PAX and Sun's Solaris tar. 
I think that star is simply superior to all others tar implementation (but 
this is my own opinion ...)

>This is not the Gentoo problem report database -- this is NetBSD
>The stardard tar is now a pax derivative. This pax has a BSD license.
>star is GPL'd. star is already available in the pkgsrc collection in the
>archivers category. (star does look interesting: I plan on giving it a
>try. Thanks for the pointer.)
>    Jeremy C. Reed

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