[sf-lug] tar license plate

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu
Sat Jun 26 06:37:16 PDT 2010

Naw, the old way would be:
tar xf -
File would be given as non-option argument (or - for standard input),
x conflicts with c, so wouldn't use both,
none of that newfangled z option stuff,
and v is far too chattily annoying - particularly on the
hardcopy terminal, so it would generally be avoided.
Input would be in lowercase, unless one was stuck on terminal that
only does uppercase, in which case,
stty lcase
comes in very handy - and login/getty would typically
set that by default upon login if the login and password was
entered with no lowercase letters - for many/most versions that's still
the case for backwards compatibility - try entering one's login and
password all in uppercase (if there are any actual uppercase letters in such,
precede them with a backslash (\)), and watch what happens.


> Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 18:33:06 -0700
> From: Brian Morris <cymraegish at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [sf-lug] For Linux lovers everywhere
> Cc: sf-lug at linuxmafia.com
> The c confuses things, didn't it always mean "create" ? thus
> conflicting with x ? Unless you want to think of it as C, which to me
> confuses things.
> anyway I would prefer xvjf as the new way, xvzf as the old way.
> maybe those were already taken.
> On 6/1/10, Michael Shiloh <michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> rotfl
>> you know he/she is old school because youngsters would use zxvf
>> On 06/01/2010 09:34 AM, John F. Strazzarino wrote:
>>> Walking thru the parking lot at the San Bruno Bart Station the other
>>> day...
>>> License Plate on Car...
>>> Gotta love it....

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