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Re: Bug#174308: star should become standard tar

alextreme@xs4all.nl (Alex de Landgraaf) writes:

> Hmmm, is it me, or hasn't there been a GNU tar release this millenium? 

You might want to peruse the changelogs in /usr/share/doc/tar/ on any fresh
Debian system before getting too concerned about tar's upstream support.

When Paul Eggert started working on tar and explicitly researching and closing
long-standing Debian tar bug reports, I (as the Debian tar maintainer), started
tracking the tar versions on alpha.gnu.org at Paul's suggestion.  I can't
explain and won't rationalize the FSF's infrequent issuance of supposed stable
versions, but it's not getting in the way of progress for GNU tar in Debian.


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