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Re: [bug-gsrc] paxutils tar out of date

From: Brandon Invergo
Subject: Re: [bug-gsrc] paxutils tar out of date
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:16:07 +0100
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> I installed paxutils. The version of tar that comes with it
> is way old. Doesn't even untar other files from gsrc! 
> Solution. I disable paxutils's tar and reinstalled separate package
> tar.
> fyi

Yes, this was one of those packages where I had to make a decision as to
whether or not to include it since it's so outdated (the cpio it
provides is ancient also). Since it builds and installs properly, which
can't be said for all old packages, I opted to include it since it's
still an official package. But yeah, it's probably not very usable.

I'm almost done adding gnu packages, leaving me with just the broken
ones and those that haven't seen a proper release yet. Now I intend to
start providing a much longer descriptive blurb for each package,
viewable with the "pkg-info" target, which will include relevant
information, such as what you describe here (i.e. the "paxutils"
package long description would end with a warning that it is quite
outdated and is, for now, and that there are more appropriate

Supposedly tar and cpio will be merged back into paxutils. Supposedly,
as of 10 years ago.


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