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Re: bin/54467: new tar overwrites symlinks to directories

The following reply was made to PR bin/54467; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Martin Husemann <>
Subject: Re: bin/54467: new tar overwrites symlinks to directories
Date: Sun, 18 Aug 2019 10:40:32 +0200

 On Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 11:14:12PM +0200, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
 > It can be, -P covers it. I strongly believe that sysinst should not be
 > setting it though.
 This is not documented, or am I misreading the man page?
 For sysinst I am not sure yet (and of course if everyone agrees I can easily
 deal with my own local issue).
 > >  Why not?
 > Because it messes up physical vs logical path. Even a null mount would
 > be better.
 Sure, as would have better planning before we gained debug sets and sizes
 exploded - the point is that it happens in the wild (whether for good or
 for bad reasons does not really matter).
 We either need to keep supporting it, detect and warn, or at least signal
 a big red flag in updating instructions telling users how to migrate. I am
 open to all of these (or other solutions).

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