Subject: Re: Big problems with snapshot/20000226, part 1
To: None <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: tech-install
Date: 04/14/2000 11:53:19
Frode Vatvedt Fjeld wrote:

> (Thor Lancelot Simon) writes:
> > This is a totally silly bug related to the use of 'pax' instead of
> > 'tar' on the install floppies.  As it extracts, pax writes out a
> > list of file times and permissions into a file in /tmp so it can
> > apply them in one pass at the end of the extraction.
> What is the reason for doing it this way? Isn't it a pretty bad design
> to require temporary storage proportional to the number of files in
> the archive?

This has been fixed in -current - the info is stored in memory and not
in a temporary file.  FWIW, it was directories and not files that info
was being stored about (so that it could update info on a directory
once all the subdirectories and files had been extracted)...