Opened 6 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

#10549 closed task (fixed)

About the pax utility

Reported by: Pierre Labastie Owned by: Bruce Dubbs
Priority: low Milestone: 8.3
Component: BOOK Version: SVN
Severity: normal Keywords:


pax is a package archiver required by the LSB. Presently, we use an old version from the heirloom library. There is a more recent (and seemingly maintained) one at

But looking at the documentation, tar can produce pax (posix 2001) compatible format. So maybe pax could be a shell script calling GNU tar with the appropriate options...

Note: the pax format and its relationship with ustar and cpio formats.

Also, look at bsdtar instead of GNU tar...

This ticket is for reporting findings about those.

Change History (3)

comment:1 by Bruce Dubbs, 6 years ago

Just took a look at this. Other distros seem to be using pax-3.4. I downloaded

This seems to be older than the version we are using. The youngest filestamp in the package is Aug 2005 (vs Jul 2007 for heirloom pax that we are using.)

Arch has 8 patches for pax-3.4. We only have a convenience sed.

I don't know anyone who actually uses pax. Perhaps that's the reason it hasn't been updated in over a decade. I'd say having it in the book is just a formality due to the LSB.

I suggest marking as wontfix.

comment:2 by Bruce Dubbs, 6 years ago

Owner: changed from blfs-book to Bruce Dubbs
Status: newassigned

comment:3 by Bruce Dubbs, 6 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

Fixed at revision 20045.

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