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bug#38917: 26.3; tar-mode bugs and suggestions

From: ynyaaa
Subject: bug#38917: 26.3; tar-mode bugs and suggestions
Date: Sat, 04 Jan 2020 23:04:11 +0900

Here are some bug reports of tar-mode and suggestions of new

(1)tar-mode buffer is not read only.
   Normal editing commands are allowed and the buffer is easily broken.
   For example, Tab key inserts a tab character.

(2)Tar subfile coding system may be inappropriate.
   If a subfile is an ASCII text, buffer-file-coding-system of the subfile
   buffer is 'undecided or an EOL type variant. And if non-ASCII characters
   are added, utf-8-unix or an EOL type variant is silently used to save
   the subfile buffer.
   For a real file, (default-value 'buffer-file-coding-system) or an EOL
   type variant is used if encodable, otherwise a new coding system is

   If a coding system of a subfile is detected and non-encodable
   characters are added, they are silently replaced with SPCs when saving.
   For a real file, a new coding system is asked.

(3)Saving tar subfile does not mark the entry in tar-mode as modified.
   Edit and save a subfile, the entry should marked with a '*' character.
   Altering an attribute also needs to mark the entry.
   #'tar-alter-one-field should call #'tar-header-block-summarize
   with MOD-P=t.

(4)Cancelling 'g'(revert-buffer) clears the buffer modified flag.
   Edit and save a subfile, tar-mode buffer is flagged as modified.
   Then type 'g', emacs asks whether to revert really, and answer 'no'.
   The modified flag of the tar-mode buffer is cleared.
   'C-x C-s' reports '(No changes need to be saved)', and file is
   not saved.

(5)'d'(tar-flag-deleted) or 'u'(tar-unflag) flags the buffer as modified.
   Only marking or unmarking does not edit the real data for a tar file,
   then the tar-mode buffer's modified flag should not be changed.

(6)'r'(tar-rename-entry) should check new name.
   A name for a regular file entry should not end with '/'.
   And a directory entry name should end with '/'.

   Also, these points may be checked:
     a path containing consecutive '/'s
     a path containing '.' or '..'
     a path starting with '/'
     a path starting with a drive letter like 'c:'
     inappropriate characters for a real file
     reserved names in MS-DOS such as 'CON'
     a name allready used for another entry

(7)A tar file needs 2 blocks of 512 nuls at the end.
   If the last entry is a regular file and its data block ends at
   512*20 bytes with a non-zero length padding, the saved tar file size
   may be 512*20 bytes. The file is warned 'premature end of file'.
   In #'tar-pad-to-blocksize, the local variable 'pad-to' is wrong.

   Detailed procedure to reproduce:
     Prepare a tar file with only one entry(regular file).
     Edit the subfile so that 512*18 < subfile size < 512*19.
     Save the subfile and save the tar file.
     The size of the tar file is 10240, and it lacks blocks of nuls.
     Type 'g' and answer 'yes', the warning is displayed.

(8)'I'(tar-new-entry) changes the tar file size not to multiple of 10240.
   #'tar-new-entry simply increases the size of a tar file by 512.
   #'tar-pad-to-blocksize should be called.

The following parts are suggestions.

(A)Allow 'I'(tar-new-entry) to create a directory entry.
   When the path name is ending with '/'.

(B)Control visibility of subfile attributes.
   Add 'invisible text property on each attribute text.
   Setting the vatiable buffer-invisibility-spec changes the appearance.
   Supposed values are:
     file-type, user-permission, group-permission, other-permission,
     user-name, group-name, file-size, filie-name, link-name

(C)Mark multiple subfiles and operate on them.
   Marking commands:
     Mark the current line entry.
     Mark a directory and descendant entries.
     Mark entries matching a path regexp.
     Mark entries with an extension.

(D)Make #'tar-untar-buffer to accept a target directory.
   Also a subfile directory may be specified to limit extracted subfiles.

(E)Move entry postions or sort entry positions.
   If entries are renamed, it may be better to reorder entry positions.
   Ordering may be lexical or numerical.
   frame12.jpg may be preferred to be placed before frame110.jpg.
   Upper/lower case may be ignored.

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