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Re: tar(1) problem with long file names.


On Sat, Oct 22, 2005 at 01:46:10PM +0000, Christian Weisgerber wrote:
>Jay Fenlason <hack_(_at_)_nerd-marrow_(_dot_)_com> wrote:

>> GNU tar uses a variety of ugly hacks to get around the 100 (original
>> tar) or 255 (ustar) character limit in file and path names.
>> Unfortunatly, only gnu tar can correctly extract such archives.

>Well, there are at least two independent implementations that can
>extract this format (star and FreeBSD's new libarchive-based tar),
>but yes, it is in questionable taste.

That libarchive thing would be interesting, perhaps as port.

And support for that pax interchange format would look like an
interesting addition to our pax, wouldn't it? Looks like it's
a standard format, extends the ustar format and removes its

Kind regards,