Subject: Re: GNU_PROGRAM_PREFIX and bootstrap
To: None <>
From: Jan Schaumann <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/21/2003 09:36:07
Thomas Klausner <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 20, 2003 at 06:53:38PM -0500, Jan Schaumann wrote:
> > I don't know if packages that currently use GTAR actually need GNU tar
> > or not, but if we change GTAR to point to ${PREFIX}/bin/gtar, it adds
> > another dependency.  We probably want to check which packages actually
> > do need GNU tar and which can work with pax-as-tar.
> I'm probably missing something...
> defs.*.mk defines GTAR; only some operating systems really use gtar there;

As a formality, I think it's at least a bit misleading to have a
variable named GTAR point to anything that is not GNU tar.

> those should be fix to use LOCALBASE/bin/gtar, the rest can stay using
> whatever tar they previously used.
> Or what's your point?

I'm not quite sure myself anymore. ;-)
I believe we probably want to check the packages that make use of the
GTAR variable, see if we can replace it with PAX and only use GTAR if we
really need GNU tar (for whatever reason).  Like GMAKE.


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