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Old 08-27-2012, 06:04 AM   #1
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tar and symlinks? (slackware like packages)


I want to build and compress lots of source packages to slackware like packages.

And I know that Slackwares makepkg is creating a script for all symlinks for that package and removes the symlink.

So now I want to know if there is any problem with tar:ing a symlink?

if I do like this
Code:
cd package-1.1
./configure
make
make DESTDIR=/fakeroot install
cd /fakeroot
tar cfz . ../package-1.1.tar.gz (or something like that)
Will the symlinks uncompress correctly when I want to install the package? or is there a chance the symlinks may be broken during unpacking?
 
Old 08-27-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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tar will not process/update or adjust symlinks. You can use -h (--dereference) to follow symlinks and pack the files instead of the links. (otherwise yes, those symlinks may or may not be broken)
 
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tar will not process/update or adjust symlinks. You can use -h (--dereference) to follow symlinks and pack the files instead of the links. (otherwise yes, those symlinks may or may not be broken)
So if I want to store and make sure my symlinks is correct when extracting my package I have to do a slackware like solution and script my symlinks, or?
I don't want to use -h to store the same file twice I want to save the symlink.
 
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that looks something like dependencies among packages. tar itself cannot handle it, so yes, you need another solution
 
  


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