Subject: Re: Removing GNU tar and GNU cpio from src?
To: Christos Zoulas <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/18/2003 00:07:43
On Fri, 17 Jan 2003, Christos Zoulas wrote:

> In article <>,
> Curt Sampson <> wrote:
> >On Fri, 17 Jan 2003, Luke Mewburn wrote:
> >
> >> If pax-as-tar and pax-as-cpio is working fine, then no objections from me.
> >
> >Are they really working fine? For example, can we now untar Apache Jakarta
> >distribution tar files? As of the end of November, we couldn't. (You have
> >to use gnu tar to unpack them.)
> >
> No we can't. Get the apache people to fix their broken tar implementation
> that produces corrupt files. Even gtar-current complains about them. The
> files are not valid tar files.

I would be happy if pax complained but managed to deal with the problem.
Older versions of gnu tar don't even complain.

(And yes, I will have a look at fixing the Apache code when I have the
time. But we still will not be able to untar historical files.)

Curt Sampson  <>   +81 90 7737 2974
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