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Re: EXTRACT_USING improvements: a concrete proposal

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 01:19:10PM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote:
> We have had an objection (jperkin@) to adding "EXTRACT_USING=bsdtar" to
> packages that have trouble with NetBSD's pax-as-tar, and I agree.  My
> view is that a system should be using an extract tool that works with
> what seems to be normal.  NetBSD now has one, even <=8, so this
> workaround is no longer necessary.

I can understand the position of Jonathan, but I also think it goes
somewhat in the wrong direction. The reality is that quite a few
platforms may or may not have a working modern tar implementation.

> So I'm going to remove the bsdtar workarounds for py-sphinxcontrib-*. this is potentially a step backwards. It certainly shouldn't be
done before going over all platforms and/or ensuring at least that the
default extraction tool is a (new enough) GNU tar or BSD tar.


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