[rescue] [geeks] Solaris being discontinued? Rumors flying

Jonathan Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Sun Dec 4 10:12:50 CST 2016

On Sun, 4 Dec 2016, Andrew Jones wrote:

>>  FreeBSD's tar can uncompress an archive whether it's gzipped, xz-ed,
>>  bzipper, or compressed with one flag (z) instead of needing to pick one of
>>  several (z, Z, l?, or j).
> GNU tar does this out of the box.

Does it?  It doesn't seem to do it on my RHEL7 box:

[badmin at sardines:~]$ uname -srn
Linux sardines 3.10.0-327.36.3.el7.x86_64
[badmin at sardines:~]$ mkdir tmp ; touch tmp/foo ;
[badmin at sardines:~]$ tar cpf - tmp/foo | xz -zc > tmp.tar.xz
[badmin at sardines:~]$ tar tzvf tmp.tar.xz

gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now


[jonathan at customers ~]$ uname -srn
FreeBSD customers 10.3-RELEASE-p4
[jonathan at customers ~]$ mkdir tmp ; touch tmp/foo
[jonathan at customers ~]$ tar cpf - tmp/foo | xz -zc > tmp.tar.xz
[jonathan at customers ~]$ tar tzvf tmp.tar.xz
-rw-r--r--  0 jonathan jonathan    0 Dec  4 10:07 tmp/foo

Although 'tar tvf' appears to do something reasonable (which is news to

Jonathan Patschke
Austin, TX

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