Bad packaging of gpgme 0.4.7?

Marcus Brinkmann marcus.brinkmann at
Fri May 14 14:42:48 CEST 2004

At Fri, 14 May 2004 11:11:29 +0200,
Stéphane Corthésy wrote:
> Hi,
> I wanted to install gpgme 0.4.7, but it seems packages available on 
> your ftp site are not correct:
> curl -O
> returns a package of size 804kB, whereas gpgme-0.4.7.tar.gz weights 
> 803kB. Quite a big signature!

Ah well, I didn't make a detached signature.  I moved the file to
*.old and uploaded a new, proper detached signature.
> Then, unarchiving gpgme-0.4.7.tar.gz logs some errors:
> gnutar xzf gpgme-0.4.7.tar.gz
> gnutar: ./PaxHeaders.13490/gpgme-0.4.7: Unknown file type 'x', 
> extracted as normal file
> gnutar: gpgme-0.4.7/PaxHeaders.13490/gpgme: Unknown file type 'x', 
> extracted as normal file
> ...
> Can you check and fix that?

Uh.  I use a very recent version of tar (1.13.93), which adds extended
attributes to the tar archive.  This doesn't seem to be backwards
compatible.  Distress.

Here comes the bummer: We just use make distcheck to create our
archives.  If tar creates archives that are not backward compatible,
I'd consider this to be a major bug.  But maybe automake passes some
option that triggers this behaviour.

We can not fix it - 0.4.7 is released and the damage is done.
However, we are going to do another release pretty soon, and I will
make sure to produce a backward compatible tar archive.


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