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

From: Quentin Rameau <>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2020 16:44:24 +0200

Hi all,

> 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.

I agree too we shouldn't pass that in.

One purpose of writing sbase is to guide people into using tools in a
“POSIX-ly” correct manner.
If we just let in all syntax around then it defeats that purpose.
Received on Mon May 18 2020 - 16:44:24 CEST

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