Using tar files (was Re: [kaffe] make dist-gzip on OpenBSD)

Dalibor Topic robilad at
Mon Jun 16 09:09:02 PDT 2003

--- Jim Pick <jim at> wrote:
> On Wed, 2003-06-11 at 15:57, Greg Wooledge wrote:
> > 'make dist-gzip' on OpenBSD produces several of these:
> > 
> > tar: File name too long for tar
> > tar: File name too long for tar
> > ...
> This is annoying the heck out of me.  I first saw this with our viewcvs
> interface on the the website, which allowed people tar files, but I had
> to disable it because it couldn't do long filenames.
> And now a lot of people are finding that it doesn't work on their
> platform because they don't have a tar that supports GNU tar extensions.
> Unfortunately, 100 characters isn't a very long name, given classes
> named like above.
> I'd like to eliminate the dependency on GNU tar.  But I'm not sure what
> the best way to do this is.  Any ideas?

zip should be able to handle longer filenames thatn tar, but doesn't compress
that well.

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