Subject: detect pax version (was Re: CVS commit: pkgsrc/cad/fastcap)
To: Dan McMahill <>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/19/2005 19:23:17
On Sat, 19 Mar 2005, Dan McMahill wrote:

> Log Message:
> use GNU tar to extract.  pax fails on the distfile.  Lets this pkg
> extract and build again after being broken for a long time.

It seems like we have several issues like this. (And I have also had
several problems with older pax.)

Should we (can we?) detect the version of pax available? It seems like we
should use the native tar/pax if it is acceptable. And if not, then
clearly complain -- maybe suggest to the pkgsrc builder to define some
make variable?

 Jeremy C. Reed

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