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GNU tar 1.17 released

Item posted by Sergey Poznyakoff <gray> on Fri 08 Jun 2007 10:50:42 AM UTC.

GNU tar 1.17 is available from and its mirrors worldwide.  New in this release:

  • Fix archivation of sparse files in posix mode.  Previous versions padded sparse members with spurious zero blocks.
  • Fix operation of --verify --listed-incremental.  Version 1.16.1 produced a full dump when both options were given.
  • Fix --occurence.  In previous versions it continued scanning the archive even though all requested members has already been extracted.
  • Scope of --transform and --strip-components options.

In addition to affecting regular archive members, the --transform option affects hard and soft link targets and the --strip-components option affects hard link targets as well.

  • End-of-volume script can send the new volume name to tar by writing it to the file descriptor stored in the environment variable `TAR_FD'.

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