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Old 11-18-2007, 10:28 AM   #1
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cannot tar a big size file

Friends ,

I cannot tar a big file . When I create tar of a big size file then it shows:

tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
For this reason , I cannot compress my big size file . Plz give me some suggestion how can I compress my files ?

Here i mention that , I m going to use "gzip" utility , but it also not work for a big size file . It can make gzip which file are already "tar" Like :
gzip test.tar

But here in this case , Tar is the main problem for big size file .... Help me ...
Old 11-18-2007, 10:54 AM   #2
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Are you sure you read;
man tar
Put the file in a directory you create and;
tar -cjf foo.tar.bz2 bar/
create bzipped tar archive of the directory bar called
Old 11-18-2007, 05:01 PM   #3
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How big is the file? Just in case file size has anything to do with it.
Old 11-18-2007, 11:26 PM   #4
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Sure you got enough disk space?
Do df -h to check.

Also what command(s) are you using?


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