The tar utility does not support extended attributes

  • 7016815
  • 02-Sep-2015
  • 02-Sep-2015

Environment


SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12

Situation

The tar --xattrs option does not seem to be functioning.  When attempting to tar files with their extended attribute, the command returns the error message: "tar: XATTR support is not available".
The rpm version is tar-1.27.1-2.22.x86_64

The tar file is created, but when the files are extracted the extend attributes are missing from the file.

Resolution

The package seems to be missing the libacl-devel, libattr-devel, and libselinux-devel which are required to provide xattrs support.  These build requirements have been added to the package for future updates.

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