[tex-live] Misplaced context files

Vladimir Volovich vvv at vsu.ru
Sat Sep 5 13:08:22 CEST 2009

"KB" == Karl Berry writes:

 ak> I think I can provide a dll-free tar.exe, if no other
 KB>     candidates are found.

 KB> It seems nothing else is working out of the box, so your rewrite is
 KB> most welcome.

one other option is to use cpio executable on windows, and it can handle
both cpio AND (us)tar format (we can as well switch from .tar.xz to
.cpio.xz, if we want, since cpio is generally available on all unix

cpio compiles out of the box on mingw32, and does not require any DLLs,
as far as i can tell. i compiled cpio 2.10 using mingw32 cross-compiler,
and put it to http://tug.org/~vvv/cpio.exe

i can successfully extract longname-ustar.tar and longname.tar:

cpio.exe --extract -d --file longname-ustar.tar
cpio.exe --extract -d --file longname.tar

and the extracted files are created in proper places. (cpio does not
handle longname-posix.tar)

one thing i can see is that extraction of longname.tar takes longer than
using tar.exe (i'm not sure why).


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