pax - Portable Archive Interchange (cpio, pax, tar)

Property Value
Distribution Debian 9 (Stretch)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package filename pax_20161104-2_amd64.deb
Package name pax
Package version 20161104
Package release 2
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Category admin::backup admin::file-distribution admin::filesystem devel::packaging implemented-in::c interface::commandline made-of::man role::program scope::utility suite::bsd use::compressing use::converting use::storing utils works-with-format::TODO works-with-format::tar works-with::archive works-with::file
License -
Maintainer Thorsten Glaser <>
Download size 80.43 KB
Installed size 170.00 KB
paxtar is an implementation of an archiving utility that reads
and writes several formats - traditional ones, the extended
formats specified in IEEE 1003.1, and the ar(5) format used
by deb(5) packages (MirBSD specific paxtar extension). The
pax interface was designed by IEEE 1003.2 as a compromise in
the chronic controversy over which of tar or cpio is best, but
this implementation offers paxcpio and paxtar for easy calling.
This is the MirBSD paxtar implementation supporting the formats
ar, bcpio, cpio, SVR4 cpio with and without CRC, old tar, and
ustar, but not the format known as pax yet. It has extensions
for removing non-numerical user and group IDs from the archive,
storing hardlinked files only once, setting ownership to the
superuser, anonymising inode and device information, changing
the mtime to zero, and producing GNU tar compatible trailing
slashes on ustar directory nodes. Its "ar" format is suitable
for operating on *.deb files, unlike that of GNU binutils.
Note that ACLs and Extended Attributes are not supported.
Also, on Debian GNU/Hurd and Debian GNU/Linux (but not
Debian GNU/kFreeBSD), size of archive members is limited
to the width of the "long" type, that is, 2 GiB on platforms
that do not have a 64-bit "long" type, due to a bug in the
GNU C library (Debian #317466).


Package Version Architecture Repository
pax_20161104-2_i386.deb 20161104 i386 Debian Main
pax - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.14


Type URL
Binary Package pax_20161104-2_amd64.deb
Source Package pax

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install pax deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install pax




2016-11-08 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20161104-2) unstable; urgency=low
* Make cross-buildable (Closes: #842849)
2016-11-04 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20161104-1) unstable; urgency=high
* Fix bug in 1:20161031-1 that prevented several use cases by
segfaulting; spotted by Han Boetes (thanks!)
2016-10-31 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20161031-1) unstable; urgency=high
* New upstream version (CVE-2016-6321)
2016-10-25 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20161025-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream version
* Bump debhelper compat; Policy (no changes needed)
* Fix VCS URIs
* Work around /usr/share/dpkg/ not quoting properly
* Correct lintian overrides, we do have a Homepage now
2016-03-06 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20160306-1) unstable; urgency=high
* New upstream version
- addresses CVE-2015-1193 and CVE-2015-1194 (Closes: #774716)
* Retake active maintainership with sponsors (Closes: #764402)
* Update tables.c from CVS incorporating lintian spelling fixes
* Bump S-V (no changes); add Homepage; SSL URIs for VCS (lintian)
2015-10-13 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20151013-1) unstable; urgency=low
* QA upload.
* New upstream version
- document more known issues
- make list output line-buffered
* Use more current debhelper compat and techniques
* No longer try link-time optimisation as it’s constantly broken
* Unbreak x32 build
* Update lintian overrides
2014-10-07 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20140703-2) unstable; urgency=low
* QA upload.
* Revert to a more standard Debian packaging style
* Bump to Policy 3.9.6 while here
* Orphan the package.
2014-07-03 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20140703-1) unstable; urgency=medium
* Merge 1:20120606-2+deb7u1 upload
* debian/control: Move VCS-* fields to Alioth collab-maint git
* Remove now-useless RCS IDs
* Bump Policy to 3.9.5 (no changes needed)
* Revert intrusive, troubling packaging changes from experimental
* New upstream version, upload to unstable
* Address lintian’s concerns
* Plug some GCC fortify warnings
2012-11-26 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20120606-3) experimental; urgency=low
* “Our littlest” upload
* Policy, with no relevant changes
* Drop temporary B-C for fakeroot on hurd again
* debian/watch: mangle the epoch away so DDPO is green again
* Completely rewrite packaging using debhelper (Closes: #690381)
2013-01-26 - Thorsten Glaser <>
pax (1:20120606-2+deb7u1) unstable; urgency=low
* The “I know how that feels, porting” upload
* Apparently, x32 did the right thing and uses a 64-bit off_t
by default as the BSDs do, even if its long is shorter; it’s
the first Linux architecture to do so ⇒ needs an extra check
* Upload to unstable, so the x32 porting can go on; it doesn’t
need to migrate to wheezy in itself but this change shouldn’t
prevent an eventual 1:20120606-2+deb7u2 from migrating either

See Also

Package Description
paxctl_0.9-1+b1_amd64.deb new PaX control program for using the PT_PAX_FLAGS marking
paxctld_1.2.1-1_amd64.deb Daemon to automatically set appropriate PaX flags
paxrat_1.0-3+b1_amd64.deb PaX flags management tool
paxtest_0.9.14-2+b1_amd64.deb Test suite for the PaX kernel patch
pbalign-doc_0.3.0-1_all.deb documentation for pbalign
pbalign_0.3.0-1_all.deb map Pacific Biosciences reads to reference DNA sequences
pbbamtools_0.7.4+ds-1_amd64.deb processing Pacific Biosciences binary alignment/map files
pbbarcode_0.8.0-4_amd64.deb annotate PacBio sequencing reads with barcode information
pbdagcon_0.3+20161121+ds-1_amd64.deb sequence consensus using directed acyclic graphs
pbgenomicconsensus_2.1.0-1_all.deb Pacific Biosciences variant and consensus caller
pbh5tools_0.8.0+dfsg-5_all.deb tools for manipulating Pacific Biosciences HDF5 files
pbhoney_15.8.24+dfsg-2_all.deb genomic structural variation discovery
pbjelly_15.8.24+dfsg-2_all.deb genome assembly upgrading tool
pbsim_1.0.3-2_amd64.deb simulator for PacBio sequencing reads
pbsuite_15.8.24+dfsg-2_all.deb software for Pacific Biosciences sequencing data