Default tar for 1.3 and later

Raphael Marmier raphael at
Tue May 3 06:35:58 PDT 2005

Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
On Tue, May 03, 2005 at 11:43:16AM +0200, Raphael Marmier wrote:

no more path length limitation in bsd tar?

Depends on the output format you choose. pax is not limited.
so it's maybe, maybe not? Why then bother defaulting back to bsd tar if 
this will be creating problems where there weren't?

On the other hand, of course, if those path problems have been fixed 
(for tar archives), its another matter entirely.

But tar being used for stuff like backups, I consider the move with 
anxiety. The default should point to a tool that don't have unexpected 
behaviour, I insist.


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