Tarfile and usernames

Nicholas Cole nicholas.cole at gmail.com
Sun Dec 30 19:57:31 CET 2012

Dear List,

I'm hoping to use the tarfile module in the standard library to move some
files between computers.

I can't see documented anywhere what this library does with userids and
groupids.  I can't guarantee that the computers involved will have the same
users and groups, and would like the archives to be extracted so that the
files are all owned by the extracting user.

Essentially, I do *not* with to preserve the owner and groups specified in
the archives.

What is the right way to achieve this?

Best wishes,

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