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From Max Birkoff <>
Subject Re: support for symlinks
Date Fri, 29 Oct 2010 17:23:24 GMT
Thanks a lot, Stephan, that makes things a lot more clear. I appreciate you taking the time
to further describe the difference between the Compress Antlib and the core tasks, and that
you play a dual role between common compress and ant -- knowing that makes everything very
reasonable and a lot easier to understand.

Thank you.

I've also seen that you've resolved:
Thank you very much!

Do you have any ideas about when commons compress 1.2 might be released? I will build from
source, test, and communicate on the commons-compress mailing list in the meantime.

Thanks very much again, and I hope this finds you well!


--- On Fri, 10/29/10, Stefan Bodewig <> wrote:

> From: Stefan Bodewig <>
> Subject: Re: support for symlinks
> To:
> Date: Friday, October 29, 2010, 1:09 AM
> On 2010-10-27, Max Birkoff wrote:
> > I must admit to being a little confused by your
> suggestion. On one
> > hand you seem to say "go to another project" and on
> the other hand,
> > ant's code base contains the tar code that I have been
> using and would
> > like to improve.
> 8-)
> This is what I wanted to say:
> If you are using Ant's codebase to get access to the tar
> package, then I
> recommend you use Commons Compress instead (and improve
> that).  The tar
> package in Commons Compress started as a copy of Ant's code
> but already
> has been improved with things Ant itself doesn't need.
> > Do you plan to remove from your
> code base?
> No.
> Since I'm a committer on Commons Compress as well as Ant I
> usually merge
> bugfixes from one to the other, but I don't invest time
> into merging
> enhancements that wouldn't be used by the tar/untar tasks
> in Ant.
> And then there is the Compress Antlib which also contains
> tar/untar
> classes based on Commons Compress.  Personally I
> prefer working on the
> Compress Antlib over adding features to the core tasks
> because it is
> easier - that doesn't stop other Ant committers from doing
> it in a
> different way.
> > Is supporting symlinks in a tar file just unimportant
> to ant?
> So far it hasn't been important enough to any user of Ant
> in way that
> would have led to a patch.  That's all I know.
> Stefan
> PS: yes, I've seen you've already approached Commons
> Compress and will
> look into the JIRA issue, I just can't promise a timeframe
> for it right
> now.
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