Subject: deprecating long options in tar and cpio (was: CVS commit: src)
To: NetBSD Userlevel Technical Discussion List <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/23/1999 20:25:40
[ On Sat, January 23, 1999 at 08:41:13 (-0800), Jason Thorpe wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: CVS commit: src 
> I can see MAYBE doing the following:
> 	- Make pax-as-tar _WARN_ about long-option usage.  Leave this
> 	  for one release.
> 	- After that time peroid, garbage-collect the long options.
> If I had my preference, pax-as-tar wouldn't have long options at all.

If GNUtar-as-tar did the warning, now, in both -current and 1.3.4, then
just before the 1.4 branch is split off, GNU Tar could be completely
eliminiated and tar could become simply a link to pax.  Same for cpio.

I'll even volunteer to hack the warnings into the GNU Tar and Cpio code
(and the documentation as well of course).

							Greg A. Woods

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