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Re: What is the minimum needed to run gtar?

From: "Biederman, Steve" <>
To: "''" <>
Subject: What is the minimum needed to run gtar?
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2003 17:04:53 -0700
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Steve Biederman said:
> I want to allow the users I support to be able to run Cygwin tar on their
> machines.
> These machines have not had any Cygwin installed; they're just bare
Windows machines.
> I provided them tar.exe and cygwin1.dll and assumed that with these, they
could ru
> Cygwin tar sucessfully.  It appears that that isn't the case: machines
without Cygwin
> installed see different behavior than machines which have it installed.
(Running tar
> on machines without Cygwin installed creates incorrect tar archives.)
> What is the minimum I need to provide to a non-Cygwin Windows machine to
> Cygwin tar to run reliably?

Steve, have you looked into DJGPP? DJGPP creates 32-bit DOS executables,
and I believe one of the "standard" tools available from the DJGPP project
is GNU tar. This should run on any Win32 box without needing additional dll

Keep in mind, though, that if you are using one of the compression options
(-z, -j, -Z) that you will also need a DOS-callable version of gzip, bzip2,
or compress.


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