6.58. Tar-1.25

The Tar package contains an archiving program.

Approximate build time: 1.9 SBU
Required disk space: 21.2 MB

6.58.1. Installation of Tar

Prepare Tar for compilation:

FORCE_UNSAFE_CONFIGURE=1 ./configure --prefix=/usr \
    --bindir=/bin --libexecdir=/usr/sbin

The meaning of the configure options:


This forces the test for mknod to be run as root. It is generally considered dangerous to run this test as the root user, but as it is being run on an only partially built system, overriding it is OK.

Compile the package:


To test the results (about 1 SBU), issue:

make check

Install the package:

make install
make -C doc install-html docdir=/usr/share/doc/tar-1.25

6.58.2. 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