Trying to Upgrade Version of Tar on a 5.3 System.

Dan Nelson dnelson at
Thu Mar 15 16:42:08 UTC 2007

In the last episode (Mar 15), Martin McCormick said:
> 	I am transfering all our working group files from a
> FreeBSD5.3 platform to a bigger, faster and FreeBSD6.2 system.
> I discovered that bsdtar on the 5.3 system doesn't appear to
> have the --newer-than feature in which you only archive files
> newer than either a given date or a reference file such as the
> last monster tar ball from, say, /usr/home.
> 	Will either freetar or gtar give me the capability to
> use a reference file to only get the new files that have either
> appeared or changed since yesterday?

gtar has the --newer and  --newer-mtime options, which should suffice
for what you need.  You could also build the latest bsdtar from , but since you just
need it for this one operation, building gtar from ports is probably

	Dan Nelson
	dnelson at

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