Use of tar in LFS books

Jeremy Huntwork jhuntwork at
Sun Aug 28 09:14:38 PDT 2005

On Sun, Aug 28, 2005 at 10:53:32AM -0500, Randy McMurchy wrote:
> I believe the -v option should not be used on either. My philosophy
> is that if something is being untarred to a final resting place
> (i.e., somewhere in /usr), then use it as this creates a log of the
> installed files. However, in the instance where something is being
> untarred into a source tree which will later be removed (the case
> with both glibc and bash), then it should not be used as any errors
> are more easily recognizable during the untar. No log of the untar
> is necessary for stuff going only into a source tree.

Thanks for the comment, Randy. Makes sense to me. If no one has any
objections, then, I'll change both commands to be 'tar -xf'.


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