Bug 89117 - Adding bzip2 support to pax
Summary: Adding bzip2 support to pax
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: pax
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Vrabec
QA Contact: Ben Levenson
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-04-17 19:37 UTC by Matt Thompson
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:53 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-11-09 10:22:51 UTC

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Description Matt Thompson 2003-04-17 19:37:30 UTC
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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
-j entry.

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):

How reproducible:

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

Additional info:

Comment 1 Peter Vrabec 2005-11-09 10:22:51 UTC
It is not accepted by upstream.

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