Dealing with tarballs that tarbomb

Blair Zajac blair at
Thu Apr 5 13:42:32 PDT 2007

Daniel J. Luke wrote:
> On Apr 5, 2007, at 3:54 PM, Blair Zajac wrote:
>> The scala tarball doesn't extract into a new subdirectory and instead 
>> just extracts into the directory where you run tar, i.e. a tarbomb.  
>> So in work/, you see a bin/ and a share/ directory.
>> Is there an easy, clean way to deal with this in MacPorts?  I looked 
>> at specifying some extract options, but I didn't see anything.  I 
>> tried passing the ${distname} to tar -C's option to create the 
>> subdirectory, but this doesn't work, since the directory to put it in 
>> doesn't exist yet.
> You could create the subdirectory in pre-extract and then do the above.

Thanks, that did the trick.  Reading portfile and looking through the 
source, I didn't see that option.


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