Re: [dev] [sbase][tar] GNU tar support

From: Laslo Hunhold <>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2020 17:49:56 +0100

On Wed, 25 Nov 2020 07:51:22 -0500
Cág <> wrote:

Dear Cág,

> A quick question: for "POSIX tar archive (GNU)" files tar prints
> tar: unsupported tar-filetype L
> Is GNU tar support out of scope?

there's probably no way to implement those GNU-extensions in a good and
suckless way. The FSF has the bad habit for their
standard-implementations that they tend to add everything including the
kitchen sink which might as well be easily handled by other standard
tools (think of "cat -v" for example).

Even if a suckless implementation of GNU tar was possible, would you
really want it to be included? I'd rather like to encourage people to
use standard non-proprietary file formats.

With best regards

Received on Wed Nov 25 2020 - 17:49:56 CET

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