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Re: EXTRACT_USING improvements: a concrete proposal

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 07:14:55PM -0400, Greg Troxel wrote:
> 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.
> I think I failed to read your mind well enough.
> Did you mean
>   let's change extract/ to make bsdtar the overall default
>   as each platform decides that it has something adequate, it can set a
>   default in platform/
> ?
> If so, that sounds ok, but it also seems that we shouldn't be in the
> middle of that two-step process for a branch.
> Right now, as I see it, NetBSD is in better shape than it was a week
> ago, and everything else is the same.

No, I meant: if either pick GNU tar or BSD tar as default, whichever the
platform is known to have. If it is not known to have one of the two,
explicitly use the latter.


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