Subject: Re: Tar and Find Problem
To: None <, netbsd-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Christofer C. Bell <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 07/09/1998 09:21:55 wrote:
> I agree that I too have always used (with great success)
>  `tar --unlink -xvpf`, however I see:

Of course you have, that's how NetBSD has unpacked its install files at
least since 1.2 (when I started using it) and more than likely earlier. 
Any of you that are still running 1.2, look in / at the dot files you
have there.  One of those files, the name of which escapes me at the
moment, contains the funtion 'extract' which you'll see if defined
roughly as:

$GZIP -dc $1 | ( cd / ; $TAR --unlink -x${VERBOSE}pf - )

Which ends up looking soemthing like this in execution, assuming you
requested a verbose install:

gzip -dc base.tgz | ( cd / ; tar --unlink -xvpf - )

Thinking back, it may have used gunzip and not gzip -d, at any rate, you
can mix them fine, it's been done, it's being done, and it will continue
to be done.

Christofer C. Bell                      Information Systems Lead
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University of Kansas                    phone: 785-864-4893