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Re: EXTRACT_USING improvements: a concrete proposal

Joerg Sonnenberger <> writes:

> On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 04:16:34PM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote:
>> Do you see any problem with the
>>   if a platform's tar is (generally) not good enough, set EXTRACT_USING
>>   to bsdtar for that platform
>> approach?
> I'd take the reverse approach: unless we know for sure that there will
> be either gtar or bsdtar available, explicitly pick the latter as
> default.

Well, that sort of a amounts to the same thing, with a bit of work.

I am entirely ok with people who care about each platform looking at
what tar can be relied on, setting EXTRACT_USING to that if it is ok,
and if not setting it to bsdtar.

I think the difference beween Joerg's approach and mine is simply a
cleanup pass to say "If nobody said they are paying attention, force it
to bsdtar", and I'm ok with either approach.

So non-NetBSD pkgsrc users, please figure out your platforms!

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