Dealing with tarballs that tarbomb

Blair Zajac blair at
Thu Apr 5 15:21:56 PDT 2007

Eric Hall wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 05, 2007 at 12:54:33PM -0700, 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.
>> It looks like another way is to hack it into configure to move the 
>> directories down a level, but this doesn't seem clean.
> 	The netcat port handles this problem with:
> pre-extract     { system "mkdir -p ${worksrcpath}" }
> extract.dir     ${worksrcpath}

Thanks, that's what I ended up going with, however, using file mkdir 
${worksrcpath} instead of the system.


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