use gtar and not tar under solaris

Matthias Kilian kili at
Thu Aug 6 13:02:41 EDT 2009

On Thu, Aug 06, 2009 at 12:30:51PM +0100, Duncan Coutts wrote:
> > I've just been informed that unpacking the binary (i386) solaris
> > distribution using bunzip2 and tar:
> It may work better in future if you use a non-GNU tar to pack it up in
> the first place. GNU tar uses a non-standard tar format by default.
> Solaris tar would likely have more luck unpacking a POSIX/USTAR tar
> format file. It's also possible to use gnu tar to make standard tar
> format files, using --format ustar rather than gnu tar's default of
> --format gnu.

Is there something like pax(1) available on solaris? If so, it
should be be preferred, because it's a POSIX tool, so there's some
hope that it behaves the same on different systems.

pax(1) should be available on all BSD systems, and to my knowledge,
there's a pax package available at least for Debian Linux.


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