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Tar 1.25

Item posted by Sergey Poznyakoff <gray> on Sun 07 Nov 2010 04:42:29 PM UTC.

Tar 1.25 is available for download.  This is mainly a bug-fix release addressing the bugs found in the previous version 1.24:

  • Fix extraction of empty directories with the -C option in effect.
  • Fix extraction of device nodes.
  • Make sure name matching occurs before eventual name transformation.
  • Fix the behavior of tar -x --overwrite on hosts lacking O_NOFOLLOW.
  • Improve the testsuite.

Alternative decompression programs

If extraction from a compressed archive fails because the corresponding compression program is not installed and the following two conditions are met, tar retries extraction using an alternative decompressor:

  1. Another compression program supported by tar is able to handle this compression format.
  2. The compression program was not explicitly requested in the command line by the use of such options as -z, -j, etc.

For example, if compress is not available, tar will try gzip.

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