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Re: bin/55815: tar opens device files

The following reply was made to PR bin/55815; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Martin Husemann <>
Subject: Re: bin/55815: tar opens device files
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2020 06:54:12 +0100

 On Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 08:15:02PM +0000, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
 >  As discussed on IRC, this is a side effect of enabling ACL and extattr
 >  support OOB. It is avoided when using --no-acls --no-extattr.
 Those should be the default then, or maybe check (is there a mount flag
 or something in statvfs?) whether any ACLs or ext attrs could be there at
 What happens if the device can not be opened at all, will it be left out of
 the tar?

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