[Call for testers] "BSD ar"

Steve Kargl sgk at troutmask.apl.washington.edu
Sat Jan 12 10:13:44 PST 2008

On Sat, Jan 12, 2008 at 08:21:38AM +0100, Kai Wang wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 11:40:36AM -0800, Steve Kargl wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 03:23:36PM +0100, Kai Wang wrote:
> > > 
> > > I think it's time for "BSD ar" to get a public review after months of
> > > bug hunting and cleaning up done by jkoshy@ and me.  The majority of
> > > the coding work was done during the summer of 2007 and was sponsored
> > > by Google SoC 2007 programme.
> > > 
> > > You can find the tarball at:
> > > http://web.student.chalmers.se/~kaiw/patch/ar-20080111.tgz
> > > 
> > 
> > Do I drop the ar/ directory into src/usr.bin as a replacement
> > for the current ar/?
> Then make buildworld?
> This will possibly not work because you may need to turn off
> the build of GNU ar first, which is not simple because the build of other
> GNU tools may depend on the build of GNU ar. (I'm working on this)
> The recommended way is: (for now)

(instruction removed.)

> BTW: Please use the version I packed up today, which fixed two bugs
> reported by swell.k[AT]gmail[Dot]com yesterday.
> http://web.student.chalmers.se/~kaiw/patch/ar-20080112.tgz


I thought/knew there would be a delay between my post and
your response, so I just tried building your ar outside
of src/.  It now resides in ${HOME}/bin.

One thing I noticed is that it appears to have no support
for the GNU long option names.  At least, "ar --help" told
me that it was an illegal option.  Do you plan to add long
option support?  I suspect that this will be needed by the
ports collection, and probably anything that uses libtool.


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