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In previous sections you became acquainted with various quirks
necessary to make your archives portable. Sometimes you may need to
extract archives containing GNU-specific members using some
tar implementation or an older version of
tar. Of course your best bet is to have GNU
but if it is for some reason impossible, this section will explain
how to cope without it.
When we speak about GNU-specific members we mean two classes of them: members split between the volumes of a multi-volume archive and sparse members. You will be able to always recover such members if the archive is in PAX format. In addition split members can be recovered from archives in old GNU format. The following subsections describe the required procedures in detail.
|126.96.36.199 Extracting Members Split Between Volumes||Members Split Between Volumes|
|188.8.131.52 Extracting Sparse Members||Sparse Members|
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