GNU paxutils is a suite of archive utilities: it will provide
tar and POSIX
The project has started quite a while ago (the earliest entry in its ChangeLog is dated 1994-06-30) by François Pinard who worked on it and maintained it until 1999. The version 2.4h of the project was released on June, 1999 and is still available from alpha.gnu.org.
Unfortunately, after the release the project has changed its maintainer and
fell into long hibernation period which ended in June, 2003 when I took over the
maintenance duties. During this long period both cpio
and tar were being developed separately
and in their present state differ considerably from their
variants. Thus it became necessary to merge back all the changes.
More information about the history of the project, including downloads of its previous versions is available from the public pax utilities archive.
Presently the three projects:
paxutils are under active development, whose final aim
is to merge them into
paxutils. The process goes in the several
First, the existing common code from the three projects is extracted
and stored in paxutils repository. In this phase, paxutils serves as
a codebase repository for
is the current phase.
The second phase is writing the common buffer handling code. It will
also be stored in
paxutils and used by both archiver
In the third phase,
code begins moving into
paxutils repository. This
code will form
libpax library that will be used by both
Fourth phase: writing
pax utility. Given the existence
libpax everything should be ready for it.
Fifth phase: final incorporation of
paxutils. From this phase on
be the authoritative distribution of both archivers and their corresponding
repositories will be closed.
During all these phases, the improvements from the last
paxutils snapshot and ideas from its TODO list will be
propagated back into
so at the end of the fifth phase
paxutils will contain
both archivers in their up-to-date state with all the useful features
from old versions integrated.
The project's homepage at Savannah contains latest news and patches for the project.
Alpha versions are available from alpha.gnu.org.
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