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Re: Tar file mode

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: Tar file mode
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 18:12:40 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 3 Sep 2009, Aaron Smith wrote:

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,

I recall noticing that I'd overlooked that part.  It depends on which
script I used to make the tarfile.

Due to the long-names in the Ada95 directory, I make the ncurses tar-ball on a different machine where I don't have the release-tarball script that ensures the files are writable, but have my development script, which doesn't modify permissions. (ncurses is the only one with long-names).

Thomas E. Dickey

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