[tex-live] Bug report - tl-install fails on Solaris due to tar assumptions

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed Jul 1 01:25:48 CEST 2009

On 29 June 2009 Karl Berry wrote:

 > I don't know what the answer is, if we can create a "POSIX" archive
 > which has an alternate means of handling long names.  If POSIX doesn't
 > support >100 chars, I guess we'll just have to require GNU tar.

there is a Perl tar module (Archive/Tar.pm).  If we can assume that
it's installed on all platforms, it's probably the best solution.

It's certainly most secure to use the same software to process a
particular file which created it.  And there is no need to care about
tar binaries for Windows, then.


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