cpio and tar are loosing flags (and a panic message without trace)

Tim Kientzle kientzle at freebsd.org
Tue Sep 20 11:35:25 PDT 2005

Matthew Dillon wrote:
> :
> :I guess cpio and tar really should take care about flags. Am I wrong?
>     cpio won't do it, tar won't do it, dump only does whole partitions,
>     cpdup is not an archiver.  Hmm.


   * Joerg Schilling's "star" has done this for many years.

   * bsdtar has likewise supported it for a long time (apart from recent 
breakage <sigh>).

There's very little precedent for flags support in cpio format, though a 
cpio that supported modern tar formats should be able to support it.

Pax should support it (though ours does not currently).


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