tar-1.13 exclude files

Carsten Gehrke carsten at rollinghorse.com
Sun Jan 5 17:56:20 PST 2003

At 09:01 05-01-03, you wrote:
>On Sun, 5 Jan 2003, Carsten P. Gehrke wrote:
> > Has anyone else had problems excluding files with tar-1.13?  I tried using
> > an exclude file, and it didn't seem to work they way I interpreted the
> > documentation.  Then I tried the same file on a system with a newer 
> version
> > of tar, and it worked as expected.  I then replaced tar on the first
> > machine with tar-1.13.25 (from the GNU alpha site), and it also worked as
> > expected.  Does anyone have any background information?  I couldn't 
> find an
> > explicit reference to my problem in the tar change log.
> >
> > TIA,
> > Carsten
> >
>  Yes, you are spot on. Gerard has recommended tar-1.13.25 in the past
>because of this, but he won't put it into the book because it's alpha
>software. [ hope I haven't misattributed his position here... ]

That might be true, but what about the patches applied to various 
packages?  IMHO, patched software is also alpha or maybe beta software, but 
certainly not release quality.  I may be wrong, but I've always considered 
patches as a way to fix a problem in a released software package, with the 
patches possibly finding their way into the next release.  But still, 
patches are sort of "use at your own risk" kind of things...

Carsten Gehrke     LFS No.: 190    using Linux since kernel 0.98
carsten at gehrke.org

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