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Re: many packages FTBFS, if $TAPE is set

On Wed August 29 2007 2:51:01 pm Mike Hommey wrote:
> GNU tar defaults to stdout since version 1.12, released on Apr 26, 1997.
> So it's been more than 10 years that GNU tar has *not* been defaulting to
> a tape device.

I don't think that's accurate.  GNU tar's *configure* defaults to stdout.  
GNU tar itself behaves as configured.  The difference is, perhaps, subtle 
but is critical.  It means that you can't assume that it's stdout just 
because it's GNU tar.

-- John

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