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tar(1) from FreeBSD, using libarchive

The bsdtar program has a number of advantages over previous tar implementations:

* Library. Since the core functionality is in a library, it can be used by other tools, such as pkg_add.

* Automatic format detection. Libarchive automatically detects the compression (none/gzip/bzip2) and format (old tar, ustar, gnutar, pax, cpio, iso9660, zip) when reading archives. It does this for any data source.

* Pax Interchange Format Support. This is a POSIX/SUSv3 extension to the old "ustar" tar format that adds arbitrary extended attributes to each entry. Does everything that GNU tar format does, only better.

* Handles file flags, ACLs, arbitrary pathnames, etc. Pax interchange format supports key/value attributes using an easily-extensible technique. Arbitrary pathnames, group names, user names, file sizes are part of the POSIX standard; libarchive extends this with support for file flags, ACLs, and arbitrary device numbers.

* GNU tar support. Libarchive reads most GNU tar archives. If there is demand, this can be improved further.

Package version:2.8.4.forreal-1+squeeze2


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libarchive (2.8.4.forreal-1+squeeze2) stable-security; urgency=low

  * Rebuild to correct orig tarball mismatch.

 -- Raphael Geissert <>  Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:50:58 -0600

libarchive (2.8.4-1+squeeze1) stable-security; urgency=high

  * Backport fixes for fix for CVE-2011-1777 and CVE-2011-1778.
    (Closes: #651844)

 -- Andres Mejia <>  Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:26


Jun 30, 2010: libarchive 2.8.4 released
Jun 30, 2010: Improved reliability of hash function detection
Jun 30, 2010: Fix issues on ancient FreeBSD, QNX, ancient NetBSD and Minux

Mar 14, 2010: libarchive 2.8.3 released
Mar 14, 2010: Symlink dereference fix for Linux broke the build there; corrected.

Mar 14, 2010: libarchive 2.8.2 released
Mar 12, 2010: Fix NULL deference for short self-extracting 


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John Goerzen <> on Mon, 10 Oct 2005 1

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