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Old 03-19-2008, 04:57 AM   #1
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tar "Error exit delayed from previous errors" using "-C /"

Hi everyone

I have a tar archive wich I could unpack using
tar jxvf <>
but using
tar jxvf <name.tar.bz2> -C /
as root I get the error "Error exit delayed from previous errors"

Does anybody have an idea why?


Old 03-19-2008, 05:33 AM   #2
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When I've seen that message, there has always been one or more error messages before to indicate what happened. I suspect you got such message(s) but it got lost in your verbose output. You might try turning off verbose output or redirecting stdout someplace else.

EDIT: You can use the d option if you want to compare the archive to what is now on your file system to find any discrepencies.

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Old 03-19-2008, 06:49 AM   #3
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Hi blackhole54,

you are right. There is an error in the tar archive: it contains a *file* /usr/sbin which cannot be created (of course). Thanks for advice.



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