> tar and cpio are published standards. they aren't
> "proprietary." not to
> mention there are a slew of programs that implement the tar standard,
> and quite a few that implement cpio.
Should have known better than to use the word "proprietary" on a linux
mailing list (d'oh). Just checked my dictionary and, sure enough, it didn't
quite mean what I'd always thought it meant. I should have said that the
format was *specific* to the program that wrote it - e.g. the problem that
Conor is having.
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