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Bug 52871 - ar generates bad name for temporary file when creating ar archive using mri-script
ar generates bad name for temporary file when creating ar archive using mri-s...
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: binutils (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jakub Jelinek
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-08-30 05:07 EDT by seiki
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:36 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-02 15:41:46 EDT
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Description seiki 2001-08-30 05:07:46 EDT
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Description of problem:
The 'ar' command prepend 'tmp-' prefix for name of temporary file when 
creating archive using CREATE command of mri-script ('-M' option).
'echo CREATE ../../test.a | ar -M' produce error message '

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. 'echo CREATE /tmp/test.a | ar -M'

Actual Results:  Error Message: Can't open output archive tmp-/tmp/test.a

Expected Results:  create an empty archive '/tmp/test.a' silently

Additional info:

function 'ar_open()' in arsup.c is problematic.
should prepend 'tmp-' prefix to base name of path name.
patch at the attached URL does not work when path name contains more than 
single path separator ('/' or '\').
Comment 1 seiki 2001-08-30 05:24:00 EDT
Expected Results was not correct: '/tmp/test.a' will not be created
Comment 2 Jakub Jelinek 2001-10-18 05:38:54 EDT
See http://sources.redhat.com/ml/binutils/2001-10/msg00337.html
BTW: If you want to create empty /tmp/test.a archive, you need to do:
echo -e 'CREATE /tmp/test.a\nSAVE' | ar -M
(SAVE is important).
Comment 3 seiki 2002-08-08 02:14:46 EDT
Not resolved in 7.2 either
Comment 4 Jakub Jelinek 2004-10-02 15:41:46 EDT
echo -e 'CREATE /tmp/test.a\nSAVE' | ar -M
definitely works in current binutils, and as mentioned above
without SAVE the command doesn't write any output.

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