Bug 30206 - tar arguments have changed since 7.0
tar arguments have changed since 7.0
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: tar (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-03-01 15:40 EST by Ed Marshall
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:31 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-03-01 15:40:48 EST
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Description Ed Marshall 2001-03-01 15:40:41 EST
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.76 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.1-0.1.14 i686)

The arguments to "tar" for decompressing bzip2'd files on-the-fly have
changed since the 7.0 release; instead of using "-I" for decompressing
bzip2'd data, the argument is now "-j". "-I" is completely ignored.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
cp /etc/passwd blah.txt
tar cvvf blah.tar blah.txt
bzip2 -9 blah.tar
tar Ixvvf blah.tar.bz2 (on 7.0)
tar jxvvf blah.tar.bz2 (on fisher or wolverine)

Not that this is a real painful change, but it appears to have been
gratuitously made incompatible without any documentation of the fact. Looks
like a note for the release notes, more than anything.
Comment 1 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2001-03-01 15:47:34 EST
While this is not a bug, we agree and reverted tar to the old behavior in

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