Am 08.04.2013 23:05, schrieb Jeff King:
> On Mon, Apr 08, 2013 at 02:36:05PM -0400, BJ Hargrave wrote:
>> Git includes commit bd54cf17 - archive: handle commits with an
>> empty tree
>> Test 2 of t5004-archive-corner-cases, "tar archive of empty tree is
>> empty", fails on Mac OS X 10.8.3 (with XCode 4.6.1) since the tar
>> command exits with return code 1 on the generated  tar file.
> Hmm. So I guess the question is: do we need to work around this in the
> test for platforms that do not like empty tar files, or are the empty
> tarfiles we are making wrong somehow?
>> tar --version
>> bsdtar 2.8.3 - libarchive 2.8.3
>> It appears that bsdtar does not like the empty tar files created by
>> git archive. An empty tar file created by bsdtar is accepted.
>> tar cT /dev/null | tar t; echo $?
>> 0
> That makes me think the latter ("we are wrong"). I don't have my OS X
> box handy; can you provide a sample empty tarfile that it creates?

libarchive (on which bsdtar is based) doesn't like extended pax headers
at the end of archives.  Here's the relevant source file:

tar_read_header() calls header_pax_global() to handle a global pax
header, which in turn calls tar_read_header() again to fetch the next
header.  If it reaches the end of the archive then err is set to
ARCHIVE_EOF and "Damaged tar archive" is reported at the end of this

I tried come up with a small patch that convinces it to ignore such a
condition, but it's apparently not as easy as it looks -- I just made
bsdtar report even more obscure errors.  Will look deeper into it
later this week.


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