6.57. Tar-1.15.1

The Tar package contains an archiving program.

Approximate build time: 0.2 SBU
Required disk space: 12.7 MB
Installation depends on: Bash, Binutils, Coreutils, Diffutils, GCC, Gettext, Glibc, Grep, Make, and Sed

6.57.1. Installation of Tar

Tar has a bug when the -S option is used with files larger than 4 GB. The following patch properly fixes this issue:

patch -Np1 -i ../tar-1.15.1-sparse_fix-1.patch

Prepare Tar for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr --bindir=/bin --libexecdir=/usr/sbin

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue: make check.

Install the package:

make install

6.57.2. Contents of Tar

Installed programs: rmt and tar

Short Descriptions


Remotely manipulates a magnetic tape drive through an interprocess communication connection


Creates, extracts files from, and lists the contents of archives, also known as tarballs