MSYS uses a slightly older version of GNU tar. Unfortunately, this
version is not enough to correctly extract archives with long paths
for files, etc. For example, the tarballs for GCC 4.1 and above need
to be extracted with at least GNU tar 1.14 or better:
Can we please update the GNU tar in MSYS to at least 1.14?
Ranjit Mathew Email: rmathew AT gmail DOT com
Bangalore, INDIA. Web: http://rmathew.com/