Default tar for 1.3 and later

Joerg Sonnenberger joerg at
Tue May 3 04:19:04 PDT 2005

On Tue, May 03, 2005 at 01:03:03PM +0200, Hummel Tom wrote:
> >is there any objection to switch the default tar to BSD tar?
> >GNU tar will be kept, since some features for tape handling
> >and updating are missing in BSD tar, but the latter does a
> >better job for the normal use cases.
> Which format is BSD tar using by default, ustar (POSIX.1-1988) or posix 
> (POSIX.1-2001)?

restriced posix, a subset of POSIX.

> What about the reading of V7 and star formats?

should work fine. if you have an archive which doesn't work, tim is
interested in them :)

> I'm trying to collect some information about this topic.

look at the home page :)


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