Re: new tar behavior and --wildcards (proposed middle ground)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Barak A. Pearlmutter) writes:
> As a compromise that addresses some of the issues I would suggest the
> following: go with upstream, but add some convenience code, to whit:
> (1) Hot-wire tar to check an environment variable TAR_WILDCARD_DEFAULT
> and activate the --wildcard option if set.
I'm not sure I see the point of this. The warnings/errors generated seem
reasonably obvious, and inventing an additional, less-obvious mechanism
instead of just assuming people will try --wildcard when tar suggests it
seems like a step in the wrong direction.
> (2) Hot-wire tar to print a warning message to stderr if it
> (a) is defaulting to the --no-wildcard behaviour and,
> (b) it notices a filename that, had tar instead been
> in --wildcards mode, would have been expanded.
Actually, tar already does this. I realize now that you must not have actually
seen the warning in question, which helps explain to me why you were suggesting