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Date:   Thu, 23 Nov 2017 23:19:14 +0900
From:   Masahiro Yamada <>
To:     Linux Kbuild mailing list <>
Cc:     Sam Ravnborg <>, Michal Marek <>,
        Masahiro Yamada <>,
        Michal Marek <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] kbuild: package: use --transform option to prefix paths
 in tar

2017-11-15 18:17 GMT+09:00 Masahiro Yamada <>:
> For rpm-pkg and deb-pkg, a source tar file is created.  All paths in
> the archive must be prefixed with the base name of the tar.  That
> means, everything is contained in the directory when you extract it.
> Currently, scripts/package/Makefile uses a symlink for that, and
> removes it after the tar is created.
> If you terminate the build during the tar creation, the symlink is
> left over.  Then, at the next package build, you will see a warning
> like follows:
>   ln: '.' and 'kernel-4.14.0+/.' are the same file
> It is possible to fix it by adding -n (--no-dereference) option to
> the "ln" command, but a cleaner way is to use --transform option
> of "tar" command.  This option is GNU extension, but it should not
> hurt to use it in the Linux build system.
> The 'S' flag is needed to exclude symlinks from the path fixup.
> Without it, symlinks in the kernel are broken.
> Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <>
> ---

Applied to linux-kbuild.

Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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