I said: > my guess is John Gilmore originally created gnu tar from > reading of the man page. If so, that would explain the > difference. I don't have the V7 sources so can't check but > given that companies with the Unix licence (and the orig. > sources) all do the same I believe the V7 man page just > missed out some details. I don't know what POSIX says.
I found the sources to V6, V7, various BSDs thanks to www.tuhs.org (The Unix Heritage Society). Boy! Was I wrong! V7 tar does nothing special for root, neither do various BSDs (I checked upto 4.3BSD-Reno -- I even compiled the reno tar and verified that as root umask is obeyed). I don't know at which point root got special treatment in tar at various Unix companies. My apologies to Maxim and others for confusing them. I plead (hopefully temporary) dementia! -- bakul To Unsubscribe: send mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED] with "unsubscribe freebsd-current" in the body of the message