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Star is a very fast, POSIX-compliant tar archiver, maintained for more than 30 years. It saves many files together into a single tape or disk archive, and can restore individual files from the archive. It includes command line interfaces for the "tar", "Sun-Tar", "cpio", "pax", and "gnutar" command-line syntax. It includes a FIFO for speed, a pattern matcher, multi-volume support, the ability to archive sparse files and ACLs, the ability to archive extended file flags, automatic archive format detection, automatic byte order recognition, automatic archive compression/decompression, remote archives, and special features that allow star to be used for full and incremental backups. It includes the only known platform independent "rmt" server program.

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2007-10-30 12:08

A page aligned buffer is now also used in the -no-fifo to improve speed. scpio now prints the CPIO message "xxx blocks" instead of the Star statistics line. A new -cpio-statistics option also causes CPIO style statistics to be output. An -xmeta option allows you to "extract" meta files from a star archive that has been created with "star -c -meta". A -link-data option allows star to add data to hard links in archives. Record locking is now performed on the /etc/tardumps file.
標籤: Development, Minor feature enhancements

2007-10-09 19:08

"star -diff -sparse" no longer compares
"sparseness" for hardlinks if there is no data for
the file in the archive.
標籤: Development, Minor bugfixes

2007-09-13 20:29

This release fixes a core dump problem with gcc compiled binaries and -data-change-warn. The file star-symtable is now written in a way that is safe against system crashes during writes. To keep directory time stamps, star no longer recreates symlinks and special files in incremental restore mode if the files are identical.
標籤: Development, Minor bugfixes

2007-08-23 16:24

A bug that caused star to accept "foo//..//../bar"
as a safe filename for extraction was fixed.
標籤: Development, Minor bugfixes

2007-07-16 18:02

In case of incremental dumps, star is now sure to
write at least the directory "." to avoid empty
dumps. "star -xpU -restore -force-restore" may be
called to force restoring the next level dump.
標籤: Development, Minor bugfixes

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