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Re: LSB Spec 1.0 Criticism

Previously schilling@fokus.gmd.de wrote:
> Tar uses user names by deafult and is the only POSIX format that will survive
> in POSIX-200x as bein actively maintained. This is mainly as there
> are already 6 completely incompatible CPIO archive formats and none of them
> is able to store more than 8 GB per file.

That's the major problem with cpio: the format is not extensible. As
soon as you add something you have to change the magic ID and other tools
will no longer accept it. With tar you can add blocks of a new type
and other implementations will simply ignore it.


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