tar ball with illegal file names
Mon Jan 29 15:23:00 GMT 2001
On Mon, 29 Jan 2001, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> tar --to-stdout -xf foo.tar foo:bar > foobar
This is a great trick that I certainly didn't remember when the
original question came up. Thanks.
I remember thinking about this issue a while back, especially
because my own software package has (had rather) filenames with
colons (common in a section of VLSI CAD community way back)
as well as directories called aux and such. I had considered a
"translation table" that will map illegal names to something that
will be understood by underlying OS when extracting the archive,
and creating a "map" file in each directory that will contain the
translation to the original name. When creating the archive, the
map file will do the reverse translation. I did patch cvs to do
this back in B19 days, but who knows where that code is. Does this
sound like something worthwhile? fyi, gcc implements a very similar
mechanism, using a map file named header.gcc.
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