Re: make tar*-pkg considered dangerous

From: Zdenek Kaspar
Date: Wed Sep 12 2012 - 12:43:44 EST

On 09/12/2012 05:16 AM, Andi Kleen wrote:
> Hi,
> We've had some incidents with people destroying Fedore 17 installs
> (to the point of reinstall) by installing a kernel tarball generated with
> make tar*-pkg
> The problem is that the tarball includes /lib/{modules,firmware},
> but on FC17 /lib is a symlink. tar when it unpacks the tarball
> replaces the symlink with the directory. So they end up
> with a /lib which only contains the new kernel files, but nothing else,
> And then the system doesn't boot anymore.
> I'm not sure there is a good fix for this. I don't know of a way to
> convince tar to not do that. And putting everything into /usr
> would be very incompatible.
> Disable these make targets or add warnings? If disabling people should
> use rpms or dpkgs instead?
> -Andi

I dont use the dpkg/rpm variants myself, but unpack with -h should be

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