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Re: bin/38066: tar doesn't dearchive correctly long symlinks

The following reply was made to PR pkg/38066; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Joerg Sonnenberger <>
Subject: Re: bin/38066: tar doesn't dearchive correctly long symlinks
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 21:51:51 +0100

 On Tuesday 19 February 2008 18:50:02 Christos Zoulas wrote:
 > This is not a bug.
 It is either a bug or a missing feature.
 > Whatever pkg_create builds:
 > 1. Should be marked as a GNU tar archive not as a POSIX one.
 >   i POSIX tar archives don't have ././@LongLink extensions.
 The archive created by libarchive is the pax Interchange Format as
 defined e.g. in the Single Unix Specification version 3. The archive
 correctly contains a pax Extended Header with the linkpath fields.
 This overrides the value used in the following ustar header.
 > 2. The extension string is "././@LongLink" not "././@LongSymLink". pax
 >    checks for the exact name, others might check for "././@Long" or
 >    something that is why they work.
 The value for the extension string is not used at all by GNU tar,
 bsdtar and star.

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