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From: Phil Richards (news_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-02-07 12:28:51

On Sat, 07 Feb 2004 08:03:05 -0800, Ralf W. Grosse-Kunstleve wrote:
> % gunzip -c boost_1_31_0.tar.gz | tar xf - tar: ././@LongLink : Unknown
> This is a familiar problem for us. It only happens when the tar file was
> created under Linux. Our workaround is to make tar files for
> multi-platform distributions on a non-Linux machine.

Normal "tar" can only cope with pathnames up to 100 characters long.
There are 10 files in "boost-1.30.0/*" that exceed this limit - they
are the ones that will lead to GNU tar introducing "long links".

(All of them under

If the guilty files are suitably renamed/moved then GNU tar won't generate
long links...


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