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Portable Archive Interchange

Pax is an archiving utility that reads and writes tar and cpio formats, both the traditional ones and the extended formats specified in IEEE 1003.1. It handles multi-volume archives and automatically determines the format of an archive while reading it. The pax interface was designed by IEEE 1003.2 as a compromise in the chronic controversy over which of tar or cpio is best.

This is the free OpenBSD's version written by Keith Muller.

Package version:1:20090728-1


If the 'pax' executable is hard-linked to 'tar' or 'cpio', it will 
supposedly emulate those user interfaces.  But since we already have tar
and cpio packages in Debian, we don't do anything to try and deliver
those links.


.\"	$OpenBSD: pax.1,v 1.56 2009/02/08 17:33:01 jmc Exp $
.\"	$NetBSD: pax.1,v 1.3 1995/03/21 09:07:37 cgd Exp $
.\" Copyright (c) 1992 Keith Muller.
.\" Copyright (c) 1992, 1993
.\"	The Regents of the University of California.  All rights reserved.
.\" This code is derived from software contributed to Berkeley by
.\" Keith Muller of the University of California, San Diego.
.\" Redistri


pax (1:20090728-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * new upstream version synthesized from OpenBSD CVS HEAD, 
    closes: #434470, #277738
  * update package description, et al, to reflect that we only ship with the
    pax interface (executable name) but cpio and tar can work if appropriately
    linked, closes: #505474

 -- Bdale Garbee <>  Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:18:43 +0200

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This package was debianized by David Frey <> on
Wed Dec 10 19:01:25 CET 1997.

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