The new, POSIX (IEEE Std 1003.2-1992, pages 380–388 (section 4.48) and
pages 936–940 (section E.4.48)), all-singing, all-dancing, Portable
Archive Interchange utility.
pax will read, write, and list the
members of an archive file, and will copy directory hierarchies.
pax operation is independent of the specific archive format, and
supports a wide variety of different archive formats.
pax implementations are still new and wet behind the ears.
# apt-get install pax
$ pax -rw -p e . newdir
$ find . -depth | pax -rw -p e newdir