Bug 127133

Summary: w5c7q4: tar -f's mandatory argument can be deferred. go figure.
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Academy Reporter: Bowe Strickland <bowe>
Component: RHA030 CurriculumAssignee: Bowe Strickland <bowe>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact: Bowe Strickland <bowe>
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Description Bowe Strickland 2004-07-02 13:35:59 UTC
Workbook 5: The Linux Filesystem
> Chapter 7. Archiving Files with tar
> Questions
> 
> 4.  You have downloaded a file titled linux-2.5.34.tar.gz.
> Which of the following commands can you run to extract the
> contents of the file?
> 
> Y  A. tar xvzf linux-2.5.34.tar.gz
>     B. tar -x -f linux-2.5.34.tar.gz
> Y  C. tar -x -z -f linux-2.5.34.tar.gz
>     D. tar -xZf linux-2.5.34.tar.gz
> N  E. tar xfz linux-2.5.34.tar.gz
> Y  F. tar -x -f linux-2.5.34.tar.gz -z
> 
> "E" is actually a correct answer.
>                     (Linux version 2.4.20-8)
> 
i'll be danged... it shouldn't be, because -f takes a required argument
(the name of the archive), but apparently its treated as a special case 
by tar.  noted.  Thanx!