On 19.10.2012 12:17, Joerg Schilling wrote:
> Arne Jansen <sensi...@gmx.net> wrote:
>>> Is this an attempt to create a competition for TAR?
>> Not really. We'd have preferred tar if it would have been powerful enough.
>> It's more an alternative to rsync for incremental updates. I really
>> like the send/receive feature and want to make it available for cross-
>> platform syncs.
> TAR with the star extensions that are also implemented by many other recent 
> TAR 
> programs should do, what are you missing?

As said I've not done the research myself, but operations that come to mind
 - partial updates of files
 - sparse files
 - punch hole
 - truncate
 - rename
 - referencing parts of other files as the data to write (reflinks)
 - create snapshot

Do star support these operation? Are they part of any standard?

Also, are chmod/chown/set atime/mtime possible on existing files?

I'd be happy to find a well maintained receiver/format to send the
data in, this way I don't need to care about a cross-platform
receiver :)


> Jörg

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