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Re: Bits from the FTPMaster meeting

On Sat, 21 Nov 2009 03:01:06 +0100
Guillem Jover <guillem@debian.org> wrote:

> On Sun, 2009-11-15 at 22:22:52 +0000, Neil Williams wrote:
> > On Sun, 15, Nov, 2009 at 02:37:56PM -0500, Joey Hess spoke thus..
> > > Note that debootstrap does not support data.tar.bz2.
> > 		ar -p "./$pkg" data.tar.gz | zcat | tar -xf -
> This has been fixed now in debootstrap's svn. I've also sent now a set
> of patches to use dpkg-deb instead of ar when available.
> > deb-gview is also affected by this but I haven't had any bug reports.
> > Fairly easy to fix that in deb-gview though due to the use of
> > libarchive.
> > 
> > multistrap will also be affected.

> Well, IMO any program implementing .deb extraction w/o using something
> like --fsys-tarfile, --extract or --control from dpkg-deb (until we
> have the upcoming libdpkg...), should be prepared to handle the format
> described in deb(5), and deserves a bug otherwise. The fact that the
> Debian archive only accepts a subset of the valid .deb format, or that
> we might not want to have bzip2 compressed packages in the base system
> is a matter of policy in Debian, and does not mean others might want to
> do otherwise.

Fixed in multistrap 2.0.4, just arriving in sid. I'll update deb-gview
for its next release, although I'll need some real packages using
data.tar.bz2 before I can test it. 


Neil Williams

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