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Re: LSB Spec 1.0 Criticism

tytso@mit.edu (Theodore Tso)  wrote on 04.07.01 in <20010704132633.J3112@think.thunk.org>:

> On Wed, Jul 04, 2001 at 05:51:49PM +0200, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > Previously Theodore Tso wrote:
> > > CPIO format files specify file ownerships by numeric ID, not by name.
> >
> > As far as I know that is not true.
> Check out a POSIX.1 specification.  Even the extended CPIO format only
> uses numbers for user and group ownership.  Or for an on-line
> reference, check out:
> 	http://www.mkssoftware.com/docs/man4/cpio.4.asp
> You'll see that even when the ASCII CPIO header is used, the user and
> group ownership is expressed in a six character wide field in octal
> ascii digits, zero-padded on the left.

The next (Austin) revision drops the cpio utility. It keeps the format for  
pax, though, and it still doesn't do non-binary ids.

And the new compromise extended tar format, while it can do just about  
everything, is really a butt-ugly design.

MfG Kai

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