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Bug#174308: star should become standard tar

On Thu, Dec 26, 2002 at 07:01:21PM +1100, bug1@optushome.com.au wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Dec 2002 02:03:20 +0100
> Eduard Bloch <edi@gmx.de> wrote:
> > Not till it begins to emulate GNU tar's default behaviour.
> > 
> GNU tar should not be seen as the the standard, POSIX should be.

If a standards document goes off into the wild blue yonder and defines
a "standard" that is incompatible with existing practice, then I don't
see why we would have any reason to follow it.

Also, Debian has always taken advantage of the rich set of features
offered by the GNU tools.  I see no benefit to limiting ourselves to
the use of POSIX features.  I certainly see no a priori reason to
adopt it as the standard to write to.  POSIX itself is non-free, and
many of its standardization choices are motivated by compromises for
the sake of proprietary unix systems.  I think such systems should be
supplanted, not catered to.

Richard Braakman

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