[tex-live] Bug report - tl-install fails on Solaris due to tar assumptions

Andre van Eyssen andre at purplecow.org
Tue Jun 30 02:43:37 CEST 2009

On Mon, 29 Jun 2009, Karl Berry wrote:

> I don't know what the answer is, if we can create a "POSIX" archive
> which has an alternate means of handling long names.  If POSIX doesn't
> support >100 chars, I guess we'll just have to require GNU tar.

It's ugly, but perhaps cpio? That gives longer than 100 chars without 
requiring any additional software. Downside is it would be quite a heavy 
change to the installer for a single package, upside is it would be handy 
for platforms with no bundled GNU tar (AIX, for example).

> I'm surprised it hasn't come up before.

There tends to be an assumption in a lot of open source circles now that 
all the world is Linux/x86/gcc. As I understand it, the kids today see 
using UNIX as a little curmudgeonly.


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