WARNING! New GNU Tar in 5-CURRENT could erroneously createworld writeable dirs

Trevor Johnson trevor at jpj.net
Fri Sep 24 08:50:45 PDT 2004

> I've just noticed that something wrong with the new tar in the base
> system (1.13.25) - when extracting some archives it creates 777 dirs,
> while permissions in the archive itself are OK (for example GNU make
> make-3.79.1.tar.gz - top level dir gets 777 as well as several
> other lowel level dirs). The issue is under investigation.

The latest version on ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/tar/ is 1.13.  The ones on
ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/tar/ (and everything else on that site) are
considered unstable.  I suppose it's too late to suggest tar 1.13 as a
starting point, but maybe this could be kept in mind when importing other
GNU products.
Trevor Johnson

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