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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] Tell automake to use tar-pax instead of tar-v7 for make dist



On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 07:53:58AM -0600, Eric Blake wrote:
> On 10/27/2010 05:40 AM, Matthias Bolte wrote:
> >Commit 66a04090673a5e21700d11bdea0084f1ee870c24 updated the
> >API extention example patch series and added files that
> >results in filenames longer than 99 chars during make dist.
> >This is a problem because automake uses tar with the old v7
> >format during make dist. The v7 format is limited to 99 chars
> >per filename.
> >
> >Use the newer and unlimited POSIX format instead.
> 
> NACK.  The whole point of using the v7 format is to be more portable to 
> more systems.  Rather, we should fix the filenames to be shorter; I'm on 
> that.

What kind of systems don't support the newer POSIX formats ? Are there
actually any that are new enough for us to care about with libvirt ?
We're effectively only targetting OS that were released in the last
5 years, so either tar-pax or tar-ustar might be well enough supported
for our needs

REgards,
Daniel
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