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Re: bin/46142: The cpio(1), pax(1) and tar(1) manpages need improvement
The following reply was made to PR bin/46142; it has been noted by GNATS.
From: Thomas Klausner <wiz%NetBSD.org@localhost>
To: Bug Hunting <bughunting%xs4all.nl@localhost>
Cc: NetBSD GNATS <gnats-bugs%gnats.NetBSD.org@localhost>,
Marc Balmer <mbalmer%NetBSD.org@localhost>
Subject: Re: bin/46142: The cpio(1), pax(1) and tar(1) manpages need
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2012 13:47:28 +0200
On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 02:22:50AM +0100, Bug Hunting wrote:
> The patch as proposed was made to create consistency within individual
> manpages, but indeed not across them; if this is wished for, that
> could be done so as well. Note however that the removals of
> ``/decompress'' in cpio.1 are not needed for consistency, but
> because the `-o' option, what these parts are about, is about
> archive creation, which does not involve decompression.
> While at it, also note the mixed use of ``decompress'' and
> ``uncompress''; if this will be made to be consistent as well,
> choosing the latter would probably be best, since that's also the
> name of one of tar(1)'s options (and, of course, the external
> program being called, i.e., uncompress(1)).
What's the latest suggested patch you have for these?
> The sentence as proposed was copied verbatim (except the argument
> name) from libarchive's bsdtar(1) manpage; sticking with that would
> maintain a bit of consistency. Choose what fits best though.
Ok, then let's leave that for now as you suggested.
> On Sun, Mar 04, 2012 at 03:35:02PM +0000, Marc Balmer wrote:
> > I don't understand why this change is requested or why it should be
> > good. The only difference is that rstX are rewinding tape devices and
> > nrstX are non-rewinding tapes (they rewind on close).
> The reason is, as the PR says (although with the added note on
> doubting the change along with it), that the default tape device
> was changed to a non-rewinding one as well; why would tar(1) use
> a non-rewinding tape as its default, but rewinding ones as other
> compiled-in ones?
I'm not comfortable with changing this part since I haven't ever used
tapes. Please send me a patch without that part and open a new PR for
the tape part, so someone else can pick this up.
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