HEADS UP: tar -l is now (intentionally) broken.

David Gilbert dgilbert at dclg.ca
Tue Aug 3 08:08:59 PDT 2004

>>>>> "Tim" == Tim Kientzle <kientzle at freebsd.org> writes:

Tim> Since POSIX and GNU violently disagree about the meaning of "tar
Tim> -l", and there seem to be strong adherents to both
Tim> interpretations, I'm preparing to commit a patch that breaks "tar
Tim> -l" for everyone:

Tim> $ tar -cl foo Error: -l has different behaviors in different
Tim> tars.  For the GNU behavior, use --one-file-system instead.  For
Tim> the POSIX behavior, use --check-links instead.

Is this in any way related to the fact that /usr/bin/bsdtar seems
unable (after a new world from yesterday) to archive any files?

[2:1:301]dgilbert at canoe:~> bsdtar -cvf temp .bashrc
a .bashrc: tar format cannot archive this: Inappropriate file type or format

... is what I get.


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