Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 89117
Adding bzip2 support to pax
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:53:08 EDT
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Description of problem:
I'm requesting support for bzip2 in pax as I use pax quite a bit and have many
tarballs using bz2. I am currently using a version from here (pax-3.1):
which I patched following this:
The patch obviously isn't one-to-one, and but it's easy enough to add a
#define BZIP2_CMD "bzip2"
and then add in the "j" flags to the getopt and "case 'j':" bits in the
pax_options() and tar_options() in options.c, and copy the -z bits in pax.1 to a
Also, there probably should be code amended to pax.c so that -a can't be used
with gzip/bzip2 (it will error since either -z or -j calls gzip_program).
I can't provide a diff patch as I'm not exactly sure if pax-3.1 is very
different from the pax-3.0-6 currently used in Red Hat 9, and if you'd want to
upgrade to 3.1. If needed I can attach the options.c and pax.1 I made from pax-3.1.
One final oddity is that using pax -wjf trial.pax trial/ will work, but a
subsequent ls -ltr doesn't seem to show the file size. But, the file is there!
Could be a problem using a SuSe tarball on Red Hat?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try running "pax -jf pax-3.1.tar.bz2"
2. Error thrown since no bzip2 support in pax.
3. Same for pax -rjf, pax -wjf
Actual Results: Throws error since pax doesn't support bzip2.
Expected Results: Should get a listing of files, or extract/write a bzip2'd
It is not accepted by upstream.