Subject: Re: why does pkg_install continue to use GNU Tar?!?!?!?!
To: None <>
From: Alistair Crooks <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 05/08/2002 09:27:50
On Tue, May 07, 2002 at 04:28:50PM -0600, Rick Kelly wrote:
> Alistair Crooks said:
> >The issue with pax(1) is its support for the GNU tar -C extension.
> >Each package with a @cwd directive in its PLIST needs this to
> >function correctly. We are moving to eradicate these from pkgsrc,
> >but haven't finished the transition yet.
> While not really germane to installing NetBSD from booted NetBSD
> media, I do wonder about the portability of pax across operating
> systems. Solaris appears to use the same pax that it had in SunOS 4.1.1,
> which would be based on the original simplistic pax written in 1989.
> NetBSD pax is based on what is obviously a rewrite from the late nineties,
> which a number of features that are not part of the original effort.
> For those who want to use NetBSD pkgsrc on other UNIX operating systems,
> we might want to include the current NetBSD pax as a package in
> pkgsrc/archivers.

Yes, future bootstrap kits will include an nbpax package.