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Star is a very fast, POSIX-compliant tar archiver, maintained for more than 30 years. It saves many files together into a single tape or disk archive, and can restore individual files from the archive. It includes command line interfaces for the "tar", "Sun-Tar", "cpio", "pax", and "gnutar" command-line syntax. It includes a FIFO for speed, a pattern matcher, multi-volume support, the ability to archive sparse files and ACLs, the ability to archive extended file flags, 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 and incremental backups. It includes the only known platform independent "rmt" server program.

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2013-01-12 14:57

Better signal handling for NFS files, better handling for multi volume change operations, a workaround for incorrect buffer overflow messages from newer GCC versions, support for -xz and -lzip compression, many new -find operators, support for nanosecond timestamps on AIX, and several new supported platforms including cross compilation for Android.

2009-12-10 10:12

Many new platforms are supported. 64-bit compile support has been added for several platforms. A bug has been fixed that, under some constraints, printed the output on stderr instead of the expected stdout. Star -X name now works correctly. A workaround has been added for some POSIX violations introduced by POSIX.1-2008, and to deal with the problems
that have been introduced by POSIX.1-2008 compliant

2008-04-14 14:05

CLI support was added for classical tar, cpio,
pax, and gnutar. Reliable incremental backup and
restore have been implemented using the basic
ideas from ufsdump and ufsrestore. A configurable
error control mechanism allows the user to
selectively ignore certain problems. Star now
implements a fast and reliable -copy option. Star
now implements true and efficient sparse file
support for Solaris 11 (and Solaris 10 updates).
Star now implements reliable multi-volume support
with automated tape end/size recognition. Star now
uses "libfind" and thus allows the use of find(1)
syntax in star command lines.
Tags: Major feature enhancements, Release

2008-03-20 12:40

star -version now prints the compile options. Star has been prepared for a future POSIX.1-2001 extended tar header keyword, "SCHILY.acl.type". Incremental dump mode now compares whether info->f_mtime >= Newer.tv_sec.
Tags: Minor feature enhancements, Development

2008-03-04 16:34

The case of "star -f /dev/stdout" is caught and
star is still allowed to avoid adding the archive
file to the archive. The new diffopts=symperm
feature allows you to exclude comparing
permissions with symlinks.
Tags: Minor feature enhancements, Development

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