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Tar file mode

From: Aaron Smith
Subject: Tar file mode
Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2009 15:02:22 -0700
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I just downloaded and untar'd the latest ncurses tarball ( at http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/ncurses/ncurses-5.7.tar.gz ) and noticed that all the files are mode 444. Yes, it's very easy to work around....but I am curious to know why it is packaged up like this. Is there a specific reason the files are all read-only? Thanks for your help,


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