[Rd] reg-tests-1.R failure with unstable

Hiroyuki Kawakatsu hkawakat at gmail.com
Sun Oct 25 17:13:08 CET 2009

On Sun, Oct 25, 2009, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> Seems this is a bug in the tar program on your OS: this should be
> '0000755(nul)' in the 8 bytes 101:108. And that's in every account of the
> tar format I have found, including the former POSIX standard.
> (Note to Peter D: we don't use getOct for this one, as it is not a field
> that is allowed to be space-padded.)
> I guess we need to work around this ... to a large extent we have got away
> with using tar format in the past because everyone was using GNU tar, but
> others are coming into use.
> [A quick check confirms that bsdtar from the libarchive project does this,
> as used by Snow Leopard and AFAIK FreeBSD >= 8.  So I can reproduce it.]

Thanks for the confirmation. I installed gtar and, as indicated by config.site,
it is picked up by configure and I now pass -gmake check-.

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