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From Roland Ramthun <>
Subject Re: Bug in tar-section
Date Thu, 28 Jul 2005 13:01:09 GMT
Steve Loughran wrote:

>> Please fix this problem.
>> If you utilise code of another GNU project for the tar section of ant,
>> please forward this email to them or give me their contact address and I
>> will do so.
> I'm not sure if we want to fix it. This is not me being selfish, it is
> this: by limiting the length of a classic tar to 99 chars over 100, just
> to support one program that followed the tar spec more strictly than the
> common tar implementations, then we may more builds that used to work
> before.

So there are different versions of the tar specifications?!

But then it is an rather easy question: Which one does Ant use?
Then you may look if it is implemented correctly or not.
If Ant uses a version which doesn't allow more than 99 chars it's ok,
but then it shouldn't build files with more, which lead to irritations
in programs which follow the standard...
And don't forget we had problems with a linux program, too.

It is not interesting how the standard tar-program builds its tarballs.
Either it works as defined by the standard or it does not.
Then it has a bug.


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