Bad packaging of gpgme 0.4.7?

Marcus Brinkmann marcus.brinkmann at
Fri May 14 14:55:23 CEST 2004

At Fri, 14 May 2004 11:11:29 +0200,
Stéphane Corthésy wrote:
> gnutar: gpgme-0.4.7/PaxHeaders.13490/gpgme: Unknown file type 'x', 
> extracted as normal file

Just found more info, automake is indeed using the --posix option to tar:

/bin/sh /tmp/gpgme/missing --run tar chf - gpgme-0.4.7 --posix | GZIP=--best gzip -c >gpgme-0.4.7.tar.gz

This is due to a Debian backport of a patch for automake 1.7.  Uff.

It seems that automake 1.9 will offer some flexibility to select the
tar format to use.  The Debian maintainer of automake unilaterally
made a bogus decision.  This is quite annoying.

At least I know now where this is coming from, so I can prevent it
from happening again.


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