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Bug 67415 - suggestion for tar documentation
suggestion for tar documentation
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
Classification: Red Hat
Component: tar (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Vrabec
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2002-06-24 14:53 EDT by Robert Nagle
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:06 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-12-15 05:06:17 EST
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Description Robert Nagle 2002-06-24 14:53:26 EDT
I have a suggestion for documentation about tar (man, info). 

I just learned today that when root uses tar the ownership of untarred files 
will by default revert to the user who tarred the file in the first place. When 
downloading a tarred binary, that could be a problem because the uid for the 
files might not correspond on different systems. 

The man page should contain a sentence or two about ownership of extracted 
files. The info pages contain a short paragraph about it under "option 
summary", (--owner=USER), but I think it needs more prominent mention. 

Imagine my frustration when root was untarring something and all the untarred 
files belonged to a user I hardly used anymore.
Comment 1 Peter Vrabec 2004-12-15 05:06:17 EST
info tar

     When extracting an archive, do not attempt to preserve the owner
     specified in the `tar' archive.  This the default behavior for
     ordinary users; this option has an effect only for the superuser.

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