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Re: Need some advice please.

On 5/5/23 14:21, David Christensen wrote:

If the file is a some kind of archive (e.g. tar(1)), both the data and metadata are inside the tarball and the full-circle results should be identical.

Not quite. The file times are usually changed in the un-tar operation. You can usually expect to only have a valid m-time.

In addition, extended attributes such as ACL are not preserved without some effort.

There is a further problem in that the owner and group values may be different between systems

The situation is much worse with NTFS on windows where there are alternative data streams and up to 16 timestamps per file per datastream.


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