[arch-dev-public] [signoff] tar 1.20-1
a.radke at arcor.de
Wed Apr 23 16:57:25 EDT 2008
in testing for both arches
version 1.20 - Sergey Poznyakoff, 2008-04-14
* New option --auto-compress (-a)
With --create, selects compression algorithm basing on the suffix
of the archive file name.
* New option --lzma
Selects LZMA compression algorithm
* New option --hard-dereference
During archive creation, dereferences hard links and stores the files
they refer to, instead of creating usual hard link members (type '1').
* New option --checkpoint-action
This action allows to specify an action to be executed upon hitting a
checkpoint. Recognized actions are: dot, echo (the default),
echo=string, ttyout=string, exec=cmdline, and sleep=value. Any number
of `--checkpoint-action' options can be specified, the actions will be
executed in order of their appearance in the command line. See
chapter 3.8 "Checkpoints" for a complete description.
* New options --no-check-device, --check-device.
The `--no-check-device' option disables comparing device numbers during
preparatory stage of an incremental dump. This allows to avoid
creating full dumps if the device numbers change (e.g. when using an
The `--check-device' option enables comparing device numbers. This is
the default. This option is provided to undo the effect of the previous
`--no-check-device' option, e.g. if it was set in TAR_OPTIONS
* The --transform option.
Any number of `--transform' options can be given in the command line.
The specified transformations will be applied in turn.
The argument to `--transform' option can be a list of replace
expressions, separated by a semicolon (as in `sed').
Filename transformations are applied to symbolic link targets
during both creation and extraction. Tar 1.19 used them only
For a detailed description, see chapter 6.7 "Modifying File and Member
* Info (end-of-volume) scripts
The value of the blocking factor is made available to info and
checkpoint scripts via environment variable TAR_BLOCKING_FACTOR.
* Incremental archives
Improved (sped up) extracting from incremental archives.
** Fix bug introduced in version 1.19: tar refused to update
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