Can't get YAWS installed

Erik Pearson <>
Thu Aug 22 20:06:54 CEST 2002


Just a few comments on this thread ---

The 'z' flag originated with GNU tar.  Besides GNU tar,
I don't really know how many OS vendors' tar command
support it.  Solaris' default tar doesn't.

I also don't really know about compressing it to a pipe
that decompresses it in the same shell.  I wouldn't think
the communication link (the pipe) is so slow that you
need to spend the time compressing/decompressing it in
order to send a smaller amount of data.

Also, tar is usually prefered to copy directory structures
like this because it is one of the most portable way to preserve
symbolic links.  GNU's cp does the right thing, but other
OS vendors' cp might not:

$ ls -l test
lrwxrwxrwx   1 erikp    devel          8 Aug 22 10:48 yaws -> yaws-1.0
drwxrwxr-x   2 erikp    devel        512 Aug 22 10:48 yaws-1.0

$ cp -R test test1
$ ls -l test1
drwxrwxr-x   2 erikp    devel        512 Aug 22 10:53 yaws
drwxrwxr-x   2 erikp    devel        512 Aug 22 10:53 yaws-1.0

--erikp--



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