Subject: Re: tar --fast-read and pkg_install
To: Jeremy C. Reed <>
From: grant beattie <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/23/2003 14:28:09
On Mon, Sep 22, 2003 at 01:30:17PM -0700, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:

> I updated pkg_add on one of my boxes and now pkg_add doesn't work because
> my tar doesn't have --fast-read. (My work-around will be to change my
> tar.)
> revision 1.8 of pkgsrc/pkgtools/pkg_install/files/add/perform.c forces
> --fast-read. It previously used:
>   #if defined(HAVE_TAR__FAST_READ)
> Should all implementations of tar have --fast-read??

pkg_install is currently broken, and isn't using NetBSD's pax as tar,
but rather, searching the $PATH for tar.

I'm looking at this. --fast-read is a GNUism, afaik.