devel/make-tarball broken

Fred Wright fw at
Mon Dec 19 00:12:12 UTC 2022

On Thu, 15 Dec 2022, Matthew Selsky via devel wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 14, 2022 at 03:39:29PM -0800, James Browning via devel wrote:
>> 'Do not apply transform to symbolic link targets' [1] Which I
>> got from googling 'gnu tar transform' IIRC. It is also a
>> gnuism, but I do not see a portable transform type option as
>> tar on macOS uses -s and some BSDs seem to lack even that.
> I'll take a look this weekend about using "gtar" on macos so we get the GNU semantics.

GPSD used to have a similar issue, and at one time I made the exact same 
fix to the --transform option to avoid garbling symlinks.  It would have 
been more convenient to test it on the Mac, but using 'gnutar' instead of 
'tar' segfaulted, so I had to use a Linux VM to test the change.

Subsequent to that, the GPSD build was reorganized for an unrelated 
reason, with the result that the tarball files all now appear in a 
directory named the way they should appear in the tarball, rendering the 
use of --transform unnecessary.  That's probably a better overall 
approach, even if it requires making copies (or hardlinks) of the tarball 
files, since plain old POSIX tar is then adequate.

Fred Wright

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