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[task #15699] Unified format for software tarballs

From: Mohammad Akhlaghi
Subject: [task #15699] Unified format for software tarballs
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 20:09:58 -0400 (EDT)
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Follow-up Comment #9, task #15699 (project reproduce):

In the (long!) process of updating the Maneage software and unifying the
tarball format, I have found one package so far that has long file names (and
fails with the ustar method): Boost <>. 

So to have a single place for future reference, here is the updated
command-set (with comments!) to use:


tar -xf $odir/$name.tar.$suffix \
    && tar -c -Hustar --owner=root --group=root \
           -f $name.tar $name/ \
    && lzip -9 $name.tar \
    && rm -r $name/

# If 'tar' fails with 'file name is too long (cannot be split)',
# make the following change: '-Hustar' --> '-Hpax'.


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