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SubjectRe: I give up
On Tuesday 10 April 2007, Phillip Susi wrote:
>Gene Heskett wrote:
>> YOU Tell the tar people, they are flabbergasted that linux is
>> apparently the only unstable OS that tar can be run on.
>How about cygwin/windows? It has no concept of static device numbers.
>And what about external usb disks on any other unix os? Surely they
>don't have static minor device numbers in the face of hot plugging?
>The bug is in tar and that is what needs fixed. It should not attach
>any meaning to the device number, but rather should assume that the
>admin knows what he is doing when he said to backup a given path using a
>given incremental backup log, and that he isn't yanking tar's chain and
>pointing it to a different path between incremental backups.

I violently agree on that point, but the limited conversations I've had
with the tar maintainer so far indicates that AFAHIC, its linux that's
broken. A new device number is a new disk and must be treated as such.

Cheers, Gene
"There are four boxes to be used in defense of liberty:
soap, ballot, jury, and ammo. Please use in that order."
-Ed Howdershelt (Author)
"I'll listen to reason when it comes out on CD."
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