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Re: tar -I incompatibility

* Sam Couter <sam@topic.com.au> wrote:

> I'm not saying it *should* change the behaviour of the -I option.

> I'm saying that if it does, it does. I just don't want to hear
> complaints about a non-standard option suddenly behaving
> differently.

The multiple-OS users do not benefit from this change (they can't rely
on a standard bzip2 option), and users who use only GNU tar lose
because of a incompatibility with prior GNU tar versions.

If you take "non-standard" as "GNU tar specific" in your statement
above, as it really is one by not being standard, this change is like
dpkg switching around the meaning of -i and -r.

I think that people can rightfully complain, if a program specific
option is changed in a incompatible way. This is why we try to
minimize incompatible changes and try to ease the transition if this
is not possible.

I don't see anyone getting an advantage from this change.


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