Subject: Re: standards/19644: star should become standard tar
To: Anthraxz __ <>
From: Julio Merino <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 01/02/2003 21:49:05
On Thu, 02 Jan 2003 20:22:24 +0000
"Anthraxz __" <> wrote:

> I think that star should be a good candidate for the standard tar in netbsd, 

No. The standard tar in NetBSD is pax. pax is BSD licensed. GNU tar was
removed recently from the base system in favour of pax.

> 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 ...)

If something is missing in "tar as pax", implement it.


PS: This is another PR where the dicussion should have taken place in
one of the mailing lists before sending it...

Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
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