Re: [hackers] [PATCH] tar: if first argument doesn't have a leading dash, prepend one

From: Laslo Hunhold <>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2020 15:04:08 +0200

On Mon, 18 May 2020 02:08:12 -0700
Michael Forney <> wrote:

Dear Michael,

> Thanks for the patch, Ethan.
> This patch looks fine to me, but seeing as we used to support this
> usage before it was reverted in [0], I'd like to see if anyone else
> has comments. The approach you used avoids the code duplication that
> may have been the motivation for its removal.

I have objections for this patch. I don't like the old style and it's
horribly annoying with tools like unrar and 7z as well. I don't know
why the compression tools all ignore years of established command line
syntax, but I think we shouldn't chime in to this mad play.

At least, I would print a warning if the old style syntax is seen so
people start fixing their scripts.

With best regards

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