[lfs-support] LFS-7.2 host system tar version

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Fri Nov 23 19:26:02 PST 2012

Ken Moffat wrote:

>> 2009-03-05  	1.22
>> # Support for xz compression (--xz option)
>> # Short option -J is reassigned as a shortcut for --xz
>> (And support for xz compression, and the short option -J in place of
>> --xz was only introduced in 1.22)
>   That matches my experience - back in the day, I had to upgrade tar
> so that my own build scripts could use .xz tarballs directly.  I've
> still got the upgrade script, and it installed 1.23 which was then
> the current version.  I don't have the details of the version I was
> upgrading from, but ISTR it was fairly recent - probably 1.20.

Perhaps we need to specify in host system requirements that

tar --help|grep xz

not be a null string.

I suspect, but am not sure, that tar-1.18 would build OK with or without 
xz support.

   -- Bruce

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