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Re: bsdcpio and bsdtar installed by default

On Sun, Jun 22, 2008 at 10:59:55PM +0400, Aleksej Saushev wrote:
> Most probably, people will come, find buggy pax/tar, and all through
> the community will tell: "Don't use NetBSD pax/tar, it is buggy,
> use gtar instead." Just like with Solaris sh or awk.

It gets even more interesting if you run into the cases that GNU tar
doesn't support either. For example it is very easy to create
a directory hierachy so that you can't access the leaf entries from
root due to the PATH_MAX restriction. I'm not sure yet why fts(3)
in libc wants to handle this as cycle, but NetBSD's pax can't deal
with it. GNU tar at least complains that the path names are too long.
Neither can archive the tree though, making it useless for backups.


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