> Are you reading > something that favors Solaris/*bsd over GNU based systems? No, why, are the Schily tools standard over there? > I've never had any doubts that current GNU tar would extract archives > made with it 10+ years ago - in fact I'm fairly sure I've done that. > Or that I'd be able to obtain a copy of it in the future. Yeah, that is the plus side. But it seems gtar is rather abysmal at recovering from errors in archives so if there is ever a problem, you're cooked. Is there any truth to that? -- “Don't eat anything you've ever seen advertised on TV” - Michael Pollan, author of "In Defense of Food"