configure's tar ustar test can fail on Solaris

Rich Wales richw at
Tue Jul 11 20:05:34 CEST 2006

David Shaw wrote:

>>   $_mytar -cf - conftest.txt | ( strings || cat ) | grep -q ustar
> Does cat actually solve the problem here?  If the problem is that Sun
> grep doesn't grep within binary data, then cat won't un-binary the
> tarball.

How about "cat -v", maybe?

Rich Wales
Palo Alto, CA, USA
richw at

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