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Old 09-08-2005, 09:05 PM   #1
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Can we verify a corrupted TAR?

Hello, I am an used-to-be Windows user shifting to Red Hat Linux environment. I have a question on TAR verification.

Here is the scenario:
I am in the midst of testing whether I can get TAR to provide me with descriptive information of a corrupted TAR file. The verify(-W) attribute of TAR is not descriptive enough, it can only tell me, e.g.:

[oraprod@oracle02 test]$ tar Wtvf output.tar
>tar: 4 garbage bytes ignored at end of archive
>tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors

But what I would like to know is, for instance:
[1] The content of the TAR, with identification of the corrupted files
[2] More detailed information, if some portion of the TAR has corrupted.

Is that possible?

Old 09-09-2005, 01:22 AM   #2
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Hi, Tsilok!

Yes, it's possible and pretty easy too. If you have an md5sum file that came with the archive you can type:

md5sum -c (nameofmd5sumfile.md5)
(It should say "OK")


cat (nameofmd5sumfile.md5) && md5sum (nameoftararchive.tar/.tar.gz/.tgz/.tar.bz2)
and compare the results.

Also, you can try:

tar -ztvf (nameoftararchive.tar.gz)
for .tar.gz files and .tgz files

tar -jtvf (nameoftararchive.tar.bz2)
for .tar.bz2 files


tar -tvf (nameoftararchive.tar)
for .tar files

That will list the files in the archive and give you an error message if it can't (pretend to) extract one or more of them.

Hope that helps.


Last edited by DaneM; 09-09-2005 at 01:24 AM.
Old 09-09-2005, 07:55 AM   #3
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Of course you could just do a cat of the tar (or better a more of the tar). The header information can be seen but you'll have to pick it out of the other garbage.
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Perhaps you could also try "TARFIX" program
This package contains tools for processing and recovering damaged tar archive files
Old 09-12-2005, 08:37 PM   #5
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Dear all,

Thanks for the assistance. I have figured it out.


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