[Libreoffice] [PATCH] bsdtar works as fine as gnu tar

Kevin Hunter hunteke at earlham.edu
Tue Feb 1 11:16:57 PST 2011

At 12:18pm -0500 Tue, 01 Feb 2011, Baptiste Daroussin wrote:
> Seriously why not supporting bsdtar? It has a great effort is made to
> make it gnu compatible in fact compatible with the largest possible
> set of archive formats.
> All the testing I have done with bsd tar shows it performs at least as
> well as gnu tar.

As an outside observer, I find I agree with Baptiste.  Though I don't 
use BSD Tar, and was slightly annoyed by the patch (only as implemented, 
not in spirit), I think it's actually good to, wherever possible and 
easy, not depend on one toolset exclusively.

There is something to be said for GNU providing a robust toolchain that 
is likely never to break, but for the simple 1-line change, and that it 
removes a (minor) hurdle to developers coming from the *BSD platforms, I 
think it's a win.  No sense in annoying our BSD brethren as they often 
add high value to a development team.



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