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Re: Re: Problems with Archive::Tar?

by Masem (Monsignor)
on Mar 19, 2002 at 03:33 UTC ( #152640=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Problems with Archive::Tar?
in thread Problems with Archive::Tar?

Actually, I am using add_data (the idea is that with a tied hash, your keys are file names, the values the data of the archive). But now that I've source-dove, I see that as written, Archive::Tar doesn't appear to be designed as to modify existing tar files: it seems to be set to either allow reading from a file, or to create a new tar file from scratch. Looking at the source, line 334, located in the the function that reads the tar file, will read in the data but simply ignore it as to skip through the file quickly. When data is written, it skips files that have no data associated with them, and thus existing files in the archive are ignored. Now, to some extent, this makes sense, since you can't read and write to a file at the same time. But then, there's functions in the API like replace_content that seem to indicate that this package would do so. Again, it's not that this can't handle solely making one or solely reading one, just that doing both, it can't.

This leaves a couple of options. I can read the entire contents at the start and explicitly set that, but this carries the entire tar file around in memory during execution which may not be great. I could wait until the the tie'd object is destroyed, read the data in and as to avoid stamping over data set during execution then write out, but this still requires the code to be in place at some point. Another solution would be to actually just extract the tar to temp space, map hash calls to file operations, then gather everything up at the end, but this moves the problem to disk space, which is not necessarily great either. I could consider rewriting A:T to suit my needs as well, possible, as jc's suggested offsite, using Inline::C and libtar for tar access. But, IMO, save for the first two, the rest are overkill.

I think, for the short term, I'll consider a read-only tie'd class (As I was planning on using, it would only be for reading contents from plug-ins, and thus would have no write ability). There's enough issues with a two-way tar file that it may not be best to think in those terms as yet.

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Re: Re: Re: Problems with Archive::Tar?
by traveler (Parson) on Mar 19, 2002 at 22:40 UTC
    It looks as though something similar to a couple of your suggestions has been done with Meta::Archive::MyTar. That may be a possible starting point for your read-only version.


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[Corion]: erix: Yeah, the sad thing is that all I can do is document things, so I can point fingers when the auditors come :-/
[Corion]: "I'm here to open tickets and point fingers. And I'm all out of tickets."
[erix]: didn't Sybase have pretty good auditing? :) (this is a vague memory)
[erix]: (culprits often are upstream of db of course)
[Corion]: Ah, how I missed it. After some years, I revisit slashdot on a click-bait link, and it provides the usual humor instantly: "I didn't know Drupal had rules for sex. It must be a plug-in"
[Corion]: erix: This is not for sybase, but for the input data files, resp. their contents.

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