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Re: pkg/45044: archivers/libarchive minix support

The following reply was made to PR pkg/45044; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: David Holland <>
Subject: Re: pkg/45044: archivers/libarchive minix support
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 04:34:25 +0000

 On Sat, Jun 11, 2011 at 06:05:04PM +0000, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
  >> Minix UIDs are 16-bits and Minix GIDs are 8-bits. The tar format
  >> supports much larger UIDs/GIDs. libarchive should handle the case where
  >> the UIDs/GIDs overflow the archive_entry uid/gid fields by setting
  >> the uid/gid to something valid (example: the uid of the nobody user and
  >> the gid of the nobody group) and it should produce a warning when doing so.
  >  I don't think the complexity of this is justified with the gain.
 It doesn't make sense to worry about this unless you're root and the
 tar -p option (or equivalent) is in effect, and in that case it should
 print a warning, set the id to 0, and be sure to clear the set[ug]id
 bits. Much simpler that way...
 David A. Holland

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