AW: AW: Issue with tar (Busybox 1.20.2): unknown file type

dietmar.schindler at dietmar.schindler at
Fri Jun 21 08:10:44 UTC 2013

> Von: piquemal michel [mailto:michel_piquemal at]
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 20. Juni 2013 23:03
> ...
> I finally and painfully found a way to build my own cross-compile toolchain based on uClibc
> 0.9.28 (was quite an effort, using older buildroot, patching stuff, etc...). I learnt a lot
> in that tedious process, it's a good thing I guess!!
> I built few own sample apps, static and dynamic: they all work on target.
> Then I gave busybox tar another chance as a dynamically-linked binary: same problem on target
> than when built with Aboriginal, same strace output!...
> So I think we can pretty much eliminate the uClibc 0.9.28 & headers compatibility issue.
> I double checked both (toolchain, and target) have lstat exported.
> I can't tell for sure its' a busbox-only issue at this stage, but one of my own app that uses
> glob() runs without ay issue on my target, using same toolchain.
> I checked glob.c from uClibC calls into lstat, so this should prove lstat dynamic linking
> works.
> Any idea about the possible reason for this lstat issue within tar applet according to
> strace?

So, you built busybox as well as the target with your own toolchain and with identical compiler settings? Then I've no idea about the possible problem reason. Since you've learnt a lot now, you could move on to analysing the problem with GDB (or GDB and gdbserver). ;-) I'd start with putting a breakpoint after the line

        status = (follow ? stat : lstat)(fileName, &statbuf);

near the start of libbb/recursive_action.c:recursive_action() and letting GDB print statbuf, to see whether the information is correct at that point; a 'bt full' could also be useful. Or, one could insert printf statements there and print statbuf.st_ino and statbuf.st_mode.
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