Bug#514016: options for fixing
On Thu, 05 Feb 2009, Thomas Viehmann wrote:
> > What would dpkg do with the symlinks in the the unpack phase?
> I have not tested it, but I would venture the same thing (calling tar,
> ergo having the same problem) from when I last looked at it.
dpkg does not call tar, it has it own tar implementation (which explains
why we don't support yet POSIX tar archives inside .deb). I'm not sure how
it behaves in the situation that matters for this bug.
Try it with dpkg --root=/target/dir/ …
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