Debian Bug report logs - #682029
RFP: star -- star version of the tar archiving utility

Package: wnpp; Maintainer for wnpp is;

Reported by: Christoph Anton Mitterer <>

Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:33:02 UTC

Severity: wishlist

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From: Christoph Anton Mitterer <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: RFP: star -- star version of the tar archiving utility
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 02:30:48 +0200
Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist

* Package name    : star
  Version         : 1.5.1
  Upstream Author : Jörg Schilling <>
* URL             :
* License         : GPL, CDDL
  Programming Lang: C
  Description     : star version of the tar archiving utility

Star saves many files together into a single tape or disk archive,
and can restore individual files from the archive. It includes a FIFO
for speed, a pattern matcher, multivolume support, the ability to correctly 
archive sparse files, 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 backups. it includes
a built in find(1) command that allows to execute find(1) expressions.
It also includes `rmt', a truly portable version of the remote tape server
that supports remote operation between different OS and machine architectures
(hides even Linux oddities) and a portable `mt' tape drive control program
that is able to use the remote tape interface.

It has the advantage over GNU tar, that it supports ACLs/XATTRs.
Also, it may be useful to be able to write tar files in the star format.
GNU tar can only read them.


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