tar 1.23-2 enters dead loop on extracting symlinks with -k option

Bug #652183 reported by Timothy Redaelli on 2010-09-30
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
tar (Debian)
Fix Released
tar (Ubuntu)
Nominated for Maverick by Timothy Redaelli

Bug Description

Binary package hint: tar

When using the -k option, tar will simply pause during execution if it
encounters a symlink.

A patch is available here:

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Launch tar with -k flag to extract a tarball with symlinks
2. Watch output.
3. Observe tar freezing.

Original Bug-Report: http://bugs.gentoo.org/327641

Debian sid version 1.23-2.1 has that bug fixed.

You only need to sync that package to debian version

Philip Muškovac (yofel) wrote :

Fixed in debian.

tags: added: maverick
Changed in tar (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Triaged
C de-Avillez (hggdh2) wrote :

Marking Triaged/Medium. Should be considered for SRU

tags: added: regression
Changed in tar (Ubuntu):
importance: High → Medium
C de-Avillez (hggdh2) on 2010-09-30
tags: added: regression-release
removed: regression
Changed in tar (Debian):
status: Unknown → Fix Released
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