Patch 17 for tar 1.13?

Gerard Beekmans gerard at
Tue Jul 25 04:11:07 PDT 2000

> I just found out that there is a slight difference between GNU tar
> versions out there.  Apparently Debian and RedHat use a tar version
> 1.13.17 -- I went to and did not see it.
> All I know for differences is that the patch 17 uses an "I" option for
> handling bzips while the unpatched 1.13 uses "y".  Does anyone know
> why there is a patched version out there and what the patch was for?

Probably to accomplish the same. Not much else is changed i believe, but
you can always do a "diff -Naur tar-orig tar-debian" to find out what
exactly has been changed.

Gerard Beekmans

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