Shouldn't tar 1.20-1 be in testing?
tar 1.20-1 entered unstable on 2008-04-17, so several months before the
freeze. And http://release.debian.org/migration/testing.pl?package=tar
gives no good reasons for which tar is not in testing yet:
* trying to update tar from 1.19-3 to 1.20-1 (candidate is 109 days old)
* tar is in freeze; contact debian-release if update is needed
The first point isn't a reason at all. Concerning the second point,
tar 1.20-1 should have entered testing before the freeze.
If I understand correctly[*], tar 1.20-1 has been installed on every arch
tar 1.20-1 contains an important addition: lzma support. And developers
are starting to use lzma-compressed tarballs instead of bzip2 (see e.g.
texinfo). Though there are workarounds, they have drawbacks, and it would
be quite annoying to have an obsolete version of tar in lenny.
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