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GNU tar Authors

GNU tar was originally written by John Gilmore, and modified by many people. The GNU enhancements were written by Jay Fenlason, then Joy Kendall, and the whole package has been further maintained by Thomas Bushnell, n/BSG, and finally [email protected],{c}ois Pinard, with the help of numerous and kind users.

We wish to stress that tar is a collective work, and owes much to all those people who reported problems, offered solutions and other insights, or shared their thoughts and suggestions. An impressive, yet partial list of those contributors can be found in the `THANKS' file from the GNU tar distribution.

@FIXME{i want all of these names mentioned, Absolutely. BUT, i'm not sure i want to spell out the history in this detail, at least not for the printed book. i'm just not sure it needs to be said this way. i'll think about it.}

@FIXME{History is more important, and surely more interesting, than actual names. Quoting names without history would be meaningless. FP}

Jay Fenlason put together a draft of a GNU tar manual, borrowing notes from the original man page from John Gilmore. This draft has been distributed in tar versions 1.04 (or even before?) @FIXME{huh? IMO, either we know or we don't; the parenthetical is confusing.} through 1.10, then withdrawn in version 1.11. Thomas Bushnell, n/BSG and Amy Gorin worked on a tutorial and manual for GNU tar. [email protected],{c}ois Pinard put version 1.11.8 of the manual together by taking information from all these sources and merging them. Melissa Weisshaus finally edited and redesigned the book to create version 1.12. @FIXME{update version number as necessary; i'm being optimistic!} @FIXME{Someone [maybe karl berry? maybe bob chassell? maybe melissa? maybe julie sussman?] needs to properly index the thing.}

For version 1.12, Daniel Hagerty contributed a great deal of technical consulting. In particular, he is the primary author of section Performing Backups and Restoring Files.

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