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Message Posted: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 @ 15:36:23 GMT

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Subj:   Re: PAX vs. CPIO
From:   Charles Farley


My last use of pax was on a linux box (a short bit ago), and it was basically assumed as a better replacement for tar (for a long time tar was broken and wouldn't allow recovery of over two gig of data, GNU tar works fine), but NCR seems to REALLY like to use cpio in their distributions of software.

I think it's a personal choice, but the more common file dist scheme is tar and gunzip (pax will do the same), I don't see many people doing cpio system backups in my experience, but that certainly doesn't mean it won't work. cpio has some really great flags that do neat stuff, but I'll put it down to personal choice, I like tar, and in this case pax, but that's just familiarity breeding contempt. I will say that at some points in the past, the number of switches for cpio has been a pain, but I started out with tar, and I like the syntax.

just my $.02, and that's all it's worth,


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