Re: tar -I incompatibility
> Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2001 12:07:14 -0500
> From: Michael Stone <email@example.com>
> I certainly hope that the debian version at least prevents serious
> silent breakage by either reverting the change to -I and printing a
> message that the option is deprecated or removing the -I flag
Why would deprecating or removing the -I flag help prevent serious
silent breakage? I would think that most people using -I in the
1.13.17 sense would use it like this:
tar -xIf archive.tar
and this silently breaks in 1.13.18 only in the unlikely case where
"f" is a readable tar file.
I'm not entirely opposed to deprecating -I for a while -- but I want
to know why it's helpful to do this before installing such a change.